Jaden Smith's five steps to saving the world
It's about time we started actually doing something
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When it comes to celebrity offspring, Jaden Smith is pushing every limit. He released his debut album on his own label, he's starred in films and has more roles coming up, he's collaborating on a sustainable denim line with G-Star RAW, and he recently founded the eco-friendly water company JUST WATER with his dad.
The 20-year-old has long been a champion of the environment, claiming, "There are a lot of other issues, but the first one that will kill us all will be the heat." The latest UN Climate Report also kindly reminded us that the end of the world is near, unless we make a drastic change. In an interview with i-D, Smith gave five practical ways to make a difference in the world.
First, go meat-free one day a week. The young star knows it can seem like a daunting commitment to go fully vegan or vegetarian, but he maintains that just one day a week "would make such a big difference to the planet as agriculture is a huge pollutant. We could feed more of the world if everybody was eating plants.”
Second, we have to learn how to create with our waste—also known as recycling. “We have so much waste that we need to use it as a matter to create," whether that's clothes, buildings, or solar panels.
Thirdly, and influenced heavily by Elon Musk whom Smith has praised as his idol, is to go electric. A lot of pollution comes from generating energy, and combining electric cars with renewable energy and sustainable batteries could significantly cut down on emissions. He also notes that “25% of CO2 emission comes from inefficient buildings. So it starts from going into buildings and retrofitting them to make them more efficient."
Fourthly, make sustainable clothing choices. Companies like G-Star RAW and celebrities like Smith are just a few of the many eco-minded producers and consumers that prove sustainable fashion doesn't sacrifice style.
Lastly, Smith wants you to petition to put up a renewable energy grid. "The amount of sunlight that hits the earth in one hour could power the world for a whole year. I feel like using what we have to help us instead of pulling things out of the ground and burning it would really help.”
It doesn't sound like too much to ask when we're facing an impending climate catastrophe, right?
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