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Compassion in Fashion: Sustainability and the Global Fur Trade 同理新时尚：可持续发展与全球皮草贸易
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Explore why sustainability in fashion begins with fur-free
As the fashion industry’s future leaders and decision-makers, students in the fashion industry today have the potential to steer the industry to a fur-free and sustainable future.
On this course, you’ll examine fashion sustainability through the lens of the fur industry.
As you learn about how the fur production process impacts animals, humans, and the environment, you’ll have the chance to reflect on what you want your future in fashion to look like.
Uncover the environmental impact of the fashion industry
You’ll start the course by developing your knowledge of how the fashion industry impacts air, water, land, and waste pollution.
Using fur farming as a focus topic, you’ll develop your understanding of the fur production process, learning how the fur trade impacts everyone from the farmers themselves to animal welfare.
Discover the impact of the fur trade on humans and animals too
Not only will you learn about the sustainability issues relating to fur, you’ll also discover design philosophies and business strategies for building fashion businesses that are more compassionate to animals and kinder to humans.
You’ll examine the business manifestos of a variety of fashion designers, brands, and businesses and have the chance to use these to create a fashion business manifesto and career plan of your own.
Gain a fur-free perspective on fashion with ACTAsia and John Lau, Associate Dean at London College of Fashion
ACTAsia has worked on the fur issue in China and globally for over a decade. John Lau, Associate Dean at London College of Fashion has developed the curriculum for this course, and supports ACTAsia as an advisor.
You’ll learn how to identify and change the practices within the industry that damage and exploit the environment, people, and animals.
What topics will you cover?
- Fur-free fashion
- Sustainability in the fashion industry
- Environmental impact of the fur industry and fashion
- Human welfare and the impact of the fashion industry
- Animal welfare and the impact of the fur industry
- Critical thinking, values building, business and communications
- Professional career development & support (manifesto & option streams)
Learning on this course
On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...
- Demonstrate research to identify and critique the need to protect natural resources and raw materials.
- Investigate the dangers and toxicity to humans and the environment of the fur process including to preserve and dye.
- Evaluate the impact of fur farming and farmers’ wellbeing.
- Describe the global scale of the fur business and production.
- Assess and create a manifesto for a fashion brand.
Who is the course for?
This course is designed for anyone who cares about sustainable fashion and fur-free fashion.
It will be particularly applicable to the study of higher education fashion students studying in either the design, communications or business fields.
The course will also be relevant to those working in the fashion industry, especially at a brand where fur design and use remains.
The course will be offered in English with Chinese transcripts and some of your fellow Learners may leave comments in Chinese as well as English.
What software or tools do you need?
You will need a computer and reliable internet connection.
Who will you learn with?
Director of Programmes at ACTAsia who shares the vision for a fur free future, where animals, people and the environment are considered. Co-author of ACTAsia's Compassion in Fashion course.
Cambridge University BA graduate and Lead Educator at ACTAsia's Compassion in Fashion course.
Dr. Lung regularly gives lectures on animal ethics in English and Chinese on topics such as animal-related social issues and captive wildlife welfare. She has a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Tsinghua Univ.
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- Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
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