Through her Rustic Pathways Climate Leaders Fellowship, Amita Akshinthala of Plainsboro created a project focused on issues related to cheap fast fashion. She also works on a wide range of issues including labor practices.
Free fellowships from the Rustic Pathways Foundation and the Stanford University Deliberative Democracy Lab encourage students like Akshinthala to design customized projects to meet community needs, participate in online sessions with other participants and come up with ideas. asked to share.
“I wanted to do something that would impact the youth in my community: people my age and people in my grade,” Aksintara said.
“When I decided to create a fast fashion website, I was very concerned about how many people in my generation and other generations would shop from fast fashion brands, how harmful it would be not only for the environment but also for the economy and human rights. I thought about whether it would be
She has given presentations at schools and created a website that loops to environmental clubs to spread the issue of fast fashion.
Akshinthala admits that fast fashion is difficult to market to teenagers because it’s cheap and young people can often follow certain fashion trends.
However, he plans to continue his activities after autumn, including contributing to the school newspaper.
She also wants to spread the word beyond her local community.
The next round of the Fellowship Program will soon begin October 10th through December 9th with another group of high school students.
The application deadline is September 25th: https://rusticpathways.com/young-climate-leaders-fellowship
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