Documentary on impact of fashion on the planet screening in White Rock

A documentary about the harm the fashion industry causes the planet will be shown in White Rock on Friday.

The White Rock Social Justice Film Society will screen the film, RiverBlue at the White Rock Community Centre, in their second showing since returning after a two-year hiatus. The group’s mandate is to raise awareness about social issues in an effort to influence people’s actions in order to solve world issues, the society’s website reads.

RiverBlue is a documentary that shows how the fashion industry is destroying some of the world’s most crucial rivers. Clothing production is one of the most pollution-causing industries in the world, due to manufacturing processes that use harsh chemicals and the constant disposal of clothing due to changing fashion trends, the trailer for RiverBlue states. It notes that most of the largest fashion brands in the world produce their clothing in countries of the Global South, directly affecting those populations.

Many communities draw their drinking water from the rivers that are being polluted. Due to the fashion industry’s incessant production, clean water for drinking and bathing is not a reality for the people in these communities, making them more vulnerable to diseases, including cancer, says the trailer.

READ MORE: Social justice documentaries return to White Rock following 2-year hiatus

This film addresses the impact of fast-fashion on our planet and points to solutions for a more sustainable future, the group’s website states.

Doors for the screening will open at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 27 at White Rock Community Centre, which is located at 15154 Russell Ave and admission will be by donation.


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