„Stop breathing – it can damage your health“

Fashion Show

von Hannes Lauer

Modeschöpfer kommt auf die Bühne. Schick gekleidet, Sonnenbrille, begrüßt das Publikum

MODESCHÖPFER:
Hallo dear Ladies and Gentlemen – Every day, whatever we do, we do at least two things: We eat and we dress ourselves. Aber was heißt das, wir kleiden uns?
Du glaubst, dass Du Kleidung kaufst? Tust Du nicht. Du kaufst Träume. Also, zeig der Welt, wer Du bist und lass Dich durch meine neue Kollektion verführen. Ihr seid die Gewinner des Jahres, denn heute werdet Ihr Zeugen meiner neuesten Must Haves. Entdeckt die Revolution der Mode.
Es geht nicht darum, meine Kleidung zu tragen – es geht darum, sie zu fühlen, sie zum Teil Deiner selbst werden zu lassen. Kleider, besonders meine Kleider, sind Deine selbst ausgesuchte Haut. Sei nicht Teil der Masse, sondern sei unique, einmalig, einzigartig! Erfinde Dich täglich neu und beeindrucke Deine Freunde. Je mehr Du kaufst, um so glücklicher wirst Du werden. Heuer wurden 60 Prozent mehr Klamotten gekauft als im Jahr 2000 und alles wurde nur halb so lange behalten – das ist großartig, das ist Fortschritt, das ist Zukunft – das macht Dich zum einmaligen Teil einer erfolgreichen Zukunft. Heute bist Du die Party Queen, morgen der Hipster, übermorgen erfolgreich im Büro.
Du kannst nicht widerstehen? Das ist gut und richtig. Ich zeige Dir, wer Du sein willst. Eine neue Collection für jeden Tag, und günstig, damit Du es Dir leisten kannst, denn es geht um Dich, vergiss das nicht! Die Kleidungsindustrie produziert zehn Prozentdes Treibhauseffekts, die Transport-Flugzeuge nicht mit eingerechnet – das ist Wahnsinn. Für Textilien werden ein Viertel aller weltweit verwendeten Chemikalien benutzt und jährlich 70.000 Bäume gefällt. Wir sind Teil des Weltgeschehens und Du bist Teil des Erfolgs.
Und nun wollen wir uns gemeinsam die Show ansehen. Please, let’s start the show!!!

Show beginnt: “Models” laufen ein und präsentieren die neue Kollektion. Jedes Modell erklärt seine Mode.

SUSIE:
Look at this perfect combination. If you buy this shirt, it will be one of more than 20 pieces of clothes that an average European buys every year. The magic words are “fast fashion”. We produce more and faster - you consume more and faster: From two seasons – summer and winter – to 52 micro-seasons with new products every week.
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MONICA:
With fast fashion we revolutionized the garment industry. There is no traditional agricultural production for our fibres anymore, there is no small tailor shop anymore: We industrialized fashion and squeeze out the nature and the people who produce it: We are consumer friendly – that is 21 century baby!
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JUSTINE:
This magnificent trousers is a real cosmopolitan: It was made out of cotton from India and Uzbekistan, it was dyed in Lithuania, trimmed in South Africa and tailored in Vietnam and Bangladesh. And now it is here in your city. On its journey along the value chain, it has collected a lot of CO2 emissions from transportation. It is a real traveller, isn’t that wonderful? 
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BRUCE:
This is a thirsty shirt. Believe me! It’s 100% Cotton and needs a lot of water. 2700 liters of water are needed to produce the cotton for one t-Shirt. This is as much as one person drinks in 2 and a half years. Who needs the Aral-Lake if one can have a stylish t-Shirt?
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PAULINE:
Cotton is a multi-talent, it is also the world’s single largest pesticide-consuming crop, using 24% of all insecticides and 11% of all pesticides globally. Look at this, a simply beautiful piece of fashion!
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WINNIE:
To produce more of these lovely cotton shirts and offer it you more affordable, we try to get the best out of our soil. We offer the farmers in Africa and India genetically modified cotton seeds, they are Round-up-ready. Luckily for us, we have good friends who know how to handle seeds: Monsanto. Luckily for the farmers: Monsanto will belong to Bayer in the future and Bayer knows which medicine the farmers need to treat their cancer from all the chemicals: That is a real win-win-win!  
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NANCY:
You don’t only need a lot water for a shirt to grow cotton – you also need water to bleach and colour it. The fashion industry is the second biggest polluter of freshwater worldwide – a real chemical romance!
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MONICA:
But not only cotton is a real winner – synthetic fibers, like Polyester, emit even more greenhouse gases as we need a lot of oil and energy to produce it: The Polyester production for textiles released about 706 billion kg of greenhouse gases in 2015, the equivalent of 185 coal-fired power plants' annual emissions. That is perfect for our fossil industry.
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SUSIE:
Synthetic fibers which are inside these clothes are qualitative products: They are very durable and need more than 200 years to decompose. As it is so long living, you also find the plastic microfibers from our synthetic clothes in the oceans: They account for 85% of the human-made material found along ocean shores. 
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MOFFAT:
And here we have a real nice jacket. I love it! By buying it, you support our workers so that they can keep their employment. Fashion is the most labour depended industry in the world: Around 40 million people work for our clothes. Some of them can even from their two Euro we are paying per day. The best: Most of the fashion workers are poor women: By buying my clothes you do your part in supporting women at work! Aren’t we all feminists? 

Der Modeschöpfer kommt wieder auf die Bühne
MODESCHÖPFER:
Who pays for all that? It is not you! This collection is affordable. You are not paying the costs, someone else is paying: The workers in the Vietnam, China and Bangladesh, the cotton farmers worldwide without perspective, the environment for infertile soil, polluted water and greenhouse gas emission.
Remember: True happiness comes from consumption! No matter where you are: Mailand, Berlin, Cape Town, New York, Vienna, Tokyo or Nairobi – show the world who you are – you are worth it – be chic, be stylish, be yourself. With my new collection, you can buy happiness and be who you want to be!     

The Rendezvous

von Natalia Roizzenzon-Sipple

Economy sits at a table in a restaurant and eats a lot of junk-food, Ecology enters.
Ecology sees Economy and has the feeling that she knows him. Economy looks up.

Economy:
Ecology?

Ecology:
Economy?

Economy:
Is this you? Oh my God! Come, sit down.

Ecology:
Hi, we haven’t seen each other for a long time.

Economy:
Yes, that’s true.

Ecology:
How are you?

Economy:
Oh, great! I feel great, everything is increasing, I have reached a high level in society and enjoy my life. And you? How are you?

Ecology:
Hm, not really well.

Economy:
I’m sorry. But you don’t look well, now that you talk about. Are you groggy? A bit under the weather?

Ecology:
I feel bad, sanitary, and it’s continuously getting worse from year to year.

Economy:
Sorry for that. Do you have someone who cares for you?

Ecology:
To be honest, no. I cannot get rid of the feeling that no one is fussed about me. I am just with myself.

Economy:
That doesn’t sound good. Can I help you? Do you want to eat something?

Ecology:
No thank you. I don’t eat these …

Economy:
I mean, why didn’t you call me in time? I could have looked after you.

Ecology:
Aha, but this crosses your mind extremely late

Economy:
What do you mean by that?

Ecology:
Come on, don’t act the innocent. You left me alone and did your own thing. You didn’t care about me – so why now? Years ago, we were linked together, and you were considerate.

Economy:
Now come on, stop moaning. Is it my fault that you overindulge yourself? Become adult and mature. Understand the signs of the times and follow them. And stop making others responsible for your problems.

Ecology:
You make the signs of the times and I refuse to follow them! You are so selfish and egoistic, you don’t even realise how terrible your environment is changing. Your main is only that you feel comfortable. The rest is not in your mind.

Economy:
Why should I? I worked hard on my success. And what were you doing in the meantime? Complaining and suffering. 

Ecology:
You worked hard? This is more than narcistic. Your success leaves a scene of destruction. I was the basis of your success and now your boundless greed devours everything. You are nothing without me. And you will realise it, maybe too late.

Economy:
Aha, how interesting. But how comes that I am up, and you are down?

Ecology:
Because you misused our relationship.

Economy:
I was always friendly and helpful to you, but you stopped being on my side. You wanted to walk your own way and now I am the bad part of us? That is too easy my dear.

Ecology: I cannot believe how ignorant and thick-headed someone can be. I offered you the best years of my life and wasted my energy, my health and resources for your megalomania. You don’t care. But keep my words in mind: if you leave me you will loose everything. 

Social Action enters the room, obviously looking for Ecology:

Social Action:
I see! That’s really bad to realise. The moment you see this guy again, Social Action is out of focus. Thank you so much for this clarification.

Ecology:
No, my dear, I just wanted to get him back to us – but – it’s pointless.

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