Stylists are presenting new collections on Animal Crossing, drones are planting a billion trees and Crayola is launching inclusive skin tones. Keep scrolling to find these stories and more as we discover the happy news of the week.
1. Ronald van der Kemp hosts the fashion show of an Amsterdam hotel
Ronald van der Kemp hosted a fashion show from the balconies of an Amsterdam hotel. The designer created masks with a couture style that reflects his elaborate clothes. This show aimed to shed light not only on fashion, but also on its upcoming auction. The proceeds from the items that are sold at the auction will go to the Refugee Company, which will open a factory in the Netherlands for refugees to help create personal protective equipment.
The show consisted of delicate, high-fashion masks and featured models waving white flags from the hotel balconies. “The white flag also represents a black sheet of paper,” explained van der Kemp. “What do you want to change? It’s just my call for everyone to improve things.” The pieces included blue and black polka dot dresses, butterfly headdresses and futuristic colors.
2. The designers host fashion shows on Animal Crossing
Designers are taking fashion shows to the next level in bulk using Animal Crossing. The Nintendo game was initially launched in 2001 but was re-released in March 2020. Designers around the world are using the platform to share their latest collections: the game has around 11 million players worldwide.
Saint Laurent, Burberry, Marc Jacobs, Valentino and Marine Serre are some of the designers who shared their latest lines in the game. Valentino shared a curated selection of the SS20 collection. “More often than not, people [on Animal Crossing] they represent themselves with an avatar that shares their true skin color and real hair, “said Kara Chung, an Asian photographer who creates virtual fashion shows.
3. The Canadian company plans to plant a billion trees with Drone
Flash Forest is planning to plant a billion trees and they are doing it via drone. Fires in Canada caused millions of trees to die, which inspired the start-up to start the project. Using state-of-the-art technology, the company plans to sow 40,000 trees in a month. By 2028, they plan to begin growing 1 billion plants. A swarm of drones drops pre-mixed seeds into the ground, which can sprout faster than seeds planted by hand. “It allows you to enter more difficult areas that human planters cannot,” said Angelique Ahlstrom, co-founder and chief financial officer of Flash Forest.
4. The humpback whale population is increasing
The humpback whale is returning, which is excellent news for the environment. These sea creatures were once known as endangered, with a severely low population due to whaling. By 18830, there were approximately 27,000 whales in the western South Atlantic, but that number dropped to 400 in the mid-1950s due to hunting. Now, thanks to the ban on commercial whaling in 1983, the number of whales is 25,000, equal to 93% of the original size.
The body of a single whale stores around 33 tons of CO2 and the entire population of WSA humpback whales has 813,780 tons. If these whales did not exist, these emissions would be expelled into the atmosphere and contribute to global warming. “This is a clear example of the fact that if we do the right thing, the population will recover,” said Dr Alexandre Zerbini, marine biologist at the National Marine Mammal Laboratory. “I hope it serves as an example that we can do the same for other animal populations.”
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Despite being at the top of the food chain, whales are one of the most recognizable endangered species. Recently – and in particular – a particular population, the western humpback whales of southern Atlanta, has managed to recover the population. In the 1930s, documents indicate that there were around 27,000 WSAs, but just over a century later – in the 1950s – that population declined to 450 whales and remained below 1,000 whales for decades to come. Today, miraculously, the population is around 25,000 whales – almost the entire population was in the 1830s. To find out more about this incredible recovery, and what it means for other endangered species, go to the link in our biography. #livegreen #learngreen #endangeredspecies #protectouroceans #wildlife #humpbackwhales #greenmatters
5. Crayola debuts the skin tone range
Crayola is launching a series of pastels that reflect a wide range of skin tones. The 24 new shades represent over 40 colors of the world, with the help of MOB Beauty in conjunction with the United Nations World Day for Cultural Diversity for dialogue and development. “With the world becoming more diverse than ever, Crayola hopes that our new Colors of the World pastels will enhance representation and foster a greater sense of belonging and acceptance,” said Rich Wuerthele, CEO of Crayola. “We want the new Colors of the World crayons to promote inclusion in creativity and influence the way children express themselves.” Colors of the World is available for purchase in July.
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