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Bright Young Greens, SASS style
Alex Steffen, 28 Sep 04

Ah, it does my heart good to come across more and more incidents of the bright young greens setting out to epater the old guard. Take, for instance, the latest issue of SASS magazine, put together by our good friends at the Sustainable Style Foundation. It's jammed to the gills with earnest young green designers and activists just looking for something to barricade, stylishly.

Take John Mlade Chair of the Emerging Green Builders, who cries, "Fed up with the notion of intergenerational tyranny -- a term used to describe the inequality, in terms of resource use, between generations -- we have taken design into our own hands."

Or take model/ actress Angela Lindvall: "I'm so inspired by all the amazing people out there finding ways to grow economically and be more ecologically sustainable. And it's a lot of fun, too. A celebration of life, I hope...a festival of possibilities."

(We're nothing if not a festival of possibilities, here...)

Or Severn Suzuki, who's now heading the Skyfish Project, and has been tooling around India (Where she complains about the irony of being in India on a spiritual trip and recommends Gita Mehta's Karma Cola: Marketing the Mystic East) and firing off lines like

"In my home city of Vancouver, most people put out their recycling boxes. The organic grocery and café on Fourth Avenue is flourishing. Bikes are popular, and there are a few gas-electric hybrid cars gliding around. But as this new century begins, my twentysomething generation is becoming increasingly disconnected from the natural world. We buy our drinking water in bottles. We eat genetically modified organisms. We drive the biggest cars ever. At the same time, we are a generation aware of the world—of poverty and social imbalance, the loss of biodiversity, climate change and the consequences of globalization—but many of us feel we have inherited problems too great to do anything about."

Good stuff.

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