Berlin Fashion Week interrupted – dream world in the shadow of catastrophe

Berlin, June 18.01.2023, 15, 50:XNUMX a.m – Today two Last Generation supporters interrupted a Berlin Fashion Week show at the Hotel Adlon Kempinski. During German designer Anja Gockel's show, they took to the catwalk with banners. With this disruption between clothes and glamour, they want to draw attention to the harsh reality of out-of-control global warming.

Melanie Guttman (27) explains why she is bothering today: “The glittering world of Fashion Week is in stark contrast to the collapsing world outside. While the models float down the catwalk in elegant dresses, people far away from luxury hotels are suffering the cruel and inevitable consequences of 1,2 degrees of global warming.” 

Melanie Guttmann
Melanie Guttmann

She continues: “We must not pretend that these two worlds are separate. Art and fashion have always been an expression of what moves us. Let’s create a society in which art and fashion put the salvation of all that is beautiful and valuable at the center of their work!”

Carla Rochel (20), who also hit the catwalk today, adds: “I can understand if we are completely enchanted by the glamour, the clothes and the beauty. But we also take refuge in a sweet dream world. Those present here can afford it. Others bear the costs.”

Carla Rochel | Photo: (c) Marlene Charlotte Limburg
Carla Rochel
Photo: (c) Marlene Charlotte Limburg

It is clear that rich people are primarily responsible for climate-damaging CO2 emissions. The richest percent of the world's population alone causes around 15 percent of global emissions. That's twice as many as the entire poorer half of the population - and the gap is widening.
At the same time, it is precisely the rich who can best protect themselves against the consequences of their actions. They can retreat to well-air-conditioned villas, flee to safer areas on private jets and still buy food and water even in extreme situations of shortage. Poorer people in particular will be the first and hardest hit by the climate catastrophe.

Carla Rochel demands: “The government can no longer allow itself to be bossed around by the rich one percent. They must take responsibility for the 99 percent who elected them as their representatives. For decades our society allowed itself to be driven towards the abyss by coal bosses and gas giants. We cannot continue down this path. Let’s finally live our democracy and fight together for a future worth living!”

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