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The Paris Agreement was supposed to save the planet.
Tonight on Fox News Channel, as the sixth annual COP26 conference of the Climate Change Convention (COP) gathered in Bonn, Germany in order to design a new climate agreement, Fashion Group International (FGI) President and CEO Steven Kolb joins “Tucker Carlson Tonight” with highlights from the Paris Agreement Paris Fashion Week.
For Kolb, the Paris Agreement went beyond original goals to stop climate change. He said that the parties should look at ways to save the planet without the current body of standards.
Read more of Steven’s thoughts on the conference:
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We’re losing our planet. Here in the United States, we have economic growth, and we also have an exploding population. Famine, humanitarian crises, devastation, war, and these issues are happening in all countries. Why aren’t the climate goals addressing these interlocking effects of global population and economic growth as they did back in Paris? One solution has been explored in these last days: spending money instead of reducing emissions. This idea of climate change mitigation funded by taxpayers actually cannot possibly help protect against risks from climate change. Studies show that spending on new technologies would be 10 times more effective than the spending that exists now.
Over the past week, including the duration of the Paris Fashion Week, some of our country’s leaders and retail icons traveled to Paris for a globally-recognized showcase of couture and style. Some of our country’s most iconic fashion brands were represented at this year’s Paris Fashion Week, including Calvin Klein, Louis Vuitton, Swarovski, Ralph Lauren, Yves Saint Laurent, Jean Paul Gaultier, Giorgio Armani, Maison Margiela, Ralph Lauren, and Fendi, just to name a few.
But what was the Paris Agreement doing there? At a time when the world is devoted to the Paris Agreement and climate change, why did there not seem to be enough original thinking about what the ‘Paris’ brand stands for? Instead, fashion shows seemed to be serving as the tip of the spear for the battle against climate change, and with it came complaints from big-name brands about ‘unfair’ attacks on the advertising value of their brands. Why did there not seem to be any insight into the role of our industry in helping climate change along, and one of the few organizations focusing on this theme is FGI?
How could one reconcile the fact that Paris is celebrating its 75th Anniversary? Paris was founded 75 years ago as part of the League of Nations during World War II. What does the fact that Paris’ 75th anniversary coincided with the COP26 conference parallel with the UN’s move to waive climate change mandates over fossil fuel subsidies? A rep for FGI gave a simple answer for our being in attendance: The FGI attends every year to commemorate the anniversary. This was a good showing of our country’s fashion and style artists, brands, and places to help the cause. Even if we are there to remember the past, we cannot ignore the current significance of climate change. It needs to be made a priority as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of WWI, the start of World War II, and the rise of the Suez Crisis.
Mark my words, we will not be living in the kind of world we can all aspire to during this year’s Paris Fashion Week in 2030.
– Steven Kolb, President and CEO, Fashion Group International