Winter has a big influence on our mood: it gets dark early, it's cold... We feel like staying at home and not making any plans. That's why we often wish it would pass quickly and the warmth of spring would come soon. However, we cannot anticipate the future of nature.
Or can we?
A few years ago it was easy to know what kind of clothes to choose according to the seasons. We knew that quilted jackets navy bomber jacket could be put away in April and that linen garment like black linen skirt had to be taken out from May onwards to be put away in September.
However, in the last few years, October and November are still warm. And what is worse, the weather is changing more and more radically, from one moment to the next... You go from cold to extreme heat and in one day you can experience the four seasons of the year.
What is happening with climate change and the seasons?
Human activity is the main driver of climate change: our way of life, our way of producing... It has a direct impact on nature.
Do you think it is only a problem for the future? Think again. Climate change is already happening and one of the main consequences is the alteration of the seasons, which in turn impacts on pollination cycles, animal migration, etc.
What does the science say?
Scientists have linked many of the changes occurring in the environment to climate change. For example:
- Forest insects in Europe and North America are expanding their range.
- The melting of the Arctic Sea has boosted phytoplankton blooms in autumn.
- The peak bloom dates of cherry blossoms in Washington D.C.'s Tidal Basin have moved forward by about five days for the first time since 1921.
This is just some of the evidence - what are we waiting for?
If you want to make a change and reduce your environmental impact, start with a few actions such as:
*Reducing plastic consumption when shopping at the supermarket: take your own bag and don't buy one, prioritise eating fruit and vegetables that don't come in packaging, buy things in bulk like yoghurts, which you can buy a big pot of and then serve yourself later....
*Take care of our clothes at home so that they are better preserved: check the labels on the clothes before washing them, avoid using very hot water to wash clothes that are not very dirty, look for the option of detergents that are less abrasive to the environment, slow down the washing of your jeans (put them in the sun from time to time to eliminate odours), sew the small flaws that your clothes may have (our grandmothers already did it this way and there are thousands of tutorials on the internet).
The list is very extensive... And it can be collaborative: if you have any suggestions you can write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and, in future blog posts, we can share them.
For now we know that we should always have a trench coat on hand like this amazing thrench in case it gets a bit cold or rains unexpectedly.
Remember that together we can reduce the overconsumption of clothes and dress in a more conscious way.