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Vivienne Westwood: We must disrupt corrupt systems if we want to make change

Posted On: 23 Aug 2019   |   Posted By: The Big Issue

The Big Issue: You have been politically engaged for all of your career. Is there an urgency to your current campaign that wasn't there before?
Vivienne Westwood: The problem is staring us in the face and it wasn't staring us in the face earlier on. That's why at the turn of the century Henry Ford could say “history is bunk”, the future is going to get better and better. But it started with industrialisation and things have actually gotten worse and worse, and now we face mass extinction.
But we are making some progress, thanks to Greta and the school strikes and Extinction Rebellion. They've forced our government to declare a climate crisis and set targets.
Having said that, we can't keep stalling. The targets used to be 2020, now they're 2050. It's always forever in the future. It's never here! But we're facing real problems right now, so we need to take action.
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