In November issue 2019, Marie Claire Australia celebrated the women committed to ocean conservation.
Australia is surrounded by breathtaking coastlines that are increasingly under threat – cue these celebrities, fashion designers, scientists and future-shapers who are uniting for change. Model and activist Robyn Lawley was photographed in the Great Barrier Reef for the cover and opens the magazine with an impassioned plea: “Our seas produce half of the world’s oxygen, yet we’re dumping a garbage truck of rubbish into [them] every minute … We need direct action today, not tomorrow.”
The ethical fashion designer Kit Willow said: “Our forests are burning and our oceans are being filled with waste. We need to stop putting plastic in the ocean from today and start protecting the natural resources of the world.” Agreed Young Conservationist of the Year, Sophia Skarparis: “It’s disappointing to see that the people who are representing you are not listening to you … We’ve got to have hope. Hope and legislation.”
The trio is joined by surfer Stephanie Gilmore, actress Elsa Pataky, model and marine biologist Laura Wells, scientist Adriana Verges, and young filmmakers Danielle Ryan and Madison Stewart. As a call to action, Marie Claire Australia launched the #StartSomewhere campaign, which asked everyday Australians to share their simple eco hacks for a more sustainable future. The special Sustainability issue featured ethical fashion, conscious beauty, a portfolio of flood victims across the globe – the human face of climate change – plus the regular Newsfeed section, which showcased inspiring women pushing for a cleaner, greener planet.
Marie Claire Australian’s message is clear: we can all #StartSomewhere and be part of the change to save the planet.
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