Green Youth Movement members
LA's fashion elite will soon be stammering across Downtown and West Hollywood to take in LA Fashion Week events this March. However this stampede of stilettos through March madness fashion has its costs - the environment. From attendees to production the carbon emissions quickly add up.
GYM making the world a little greener
This was absolutely unaceptable for local non-profit Green Youth Movement (GYM), that aims to educate teens about environmental awareness and sustainability. GYM is set to host The Green Initiative, L.A. Fashion Week's highly anticipated eco-friendly fashion show in March. Ally and her fellow Green Youth Movement members plan to offset the entire production's carbon footprint by planting trees in honor of Tu Bishvat this weekend. The group is taking the lead by collaborating with Reforest California to plant 500 trees this weekend in the Silverwood Lake State Recreation Area.
The Green Youth Movement also plans on expanding on the conservation initiative by donating a percentage of fashion show proceeds to CarbonFund.org's Genesis Forest Project, a reforestation effort to restore 3,000 acres of land in one of the world's biological hotspots, Brazil.
Carbon offsetting through reforestation has numerous benefits, including the following:
• One tree can absorb as much carbon dioxide in a year as a car produces while driving 26,000 miles
• Each tree planted provides USD $7.00 in environmental savings each year due to energy conservation and reduced pollution
• One tree produces 260 lbs. of oxygen a year - enough to keep two people breathing for a whole year
After all, nothing's more fashionable than a breath of fresh air - especially in Los Angeles! For more information on Green Youth Movement’s Green Initiative fashion show visit: greenyouthmovement.org.