Vanina Choe is a project coach at CliMates, an international think-and-do tank on climate change. She coordinates the Collectif Démarqué, a group of 11 French youngsters striving to raise awareness about the social and environmental impacts of the clothing industry.
Collectif Démarqué shares information on this issue and examples of solutions and alternative. In 2018, they published a report on clothing consumption habits and knowledge of the industry among youngsters in France, following a survey that gathered more than 500 replies. They also led an awareness campaign, Dressing Smart, in partnership with the consultancy Atypique Atipico: they organised an Instagram contest named #AdopteLaFripe that promoted second-hand clothing as fashionable, less expensive than fast fashion garments and energy and material-saving.
MOTIVATION FOR AND COMMITMENT TO CREATING A BETTER AND MORE SUSTAINABLE PLANET
My career ambition is to work in the sustainable development field, more precisely within urban local governments. They are crossroads where every actor of the society (governments, civil society, companies) meets and interacts – which make them central when fighting climate change. Yet, cities are also causing 75% of the global CO2 emissions according to the UNEP. As a city dweller, I feel like having a duty towards the victims of climate change who usually live in developing countries and cannot fight the dreadful consequences of global warming caused by the urban way of life.
The efforts made today to contain them are insufficient to ensure a sustainable life in the future, especially because too many decisions taken do not consider climate change and worsen the situation. One step forward seems to be undermined by ten steps backwards. However, instead of fuel to despair and sorrow, those senseless decisions should be fuel to a relentless motivation to change things for the better. This is why I chose to study environmental policy at Sciences Po Paris. The diversity of the courses proposed in the master’s program is an excellent opportunity to learn about many different topics (project management, environmental history, geopolitics, renewable energy, environmental economics, environmental and health risks, urbanism). They will surely give me the tools needed for my professional goal.