Earth Day with Accidental Icon
April 20, 2018
With great social influence comes great social responsibility, so we’re celebrating Earth Day with Accidental Icon: the face of timeless, conscious cool. Née Lyn Slater, the professor of social justice by day and style icon by night (scratch that: style icon 24/7), wields her staggering power for the greater good, leveraging her various platforms to champion causes that by uplifting women, in turn uplift society at large.
Lyn’s musings on how to solve the cultural issues of today were made even more poignant by her full look from the Bamboo Collection. Each piece is engraved with the number of seedlings that purchase helps us plant, but on Earth Day this year buying Bamboo has even more meaning. 10% of all proceeds will be donated to support the efforts of global eco-advocacy group WEDO.org.
Because at the end of the day, Lyn is completely right: small, everyday actions can make a big difference.
What’s the motivation behind your social justice work?
I believe that all human beings are connected and that when one group is harmed or treated unfairly it negatively impacts all of us. The same applies to how we treat the environment. I see myself not an individual, but as a member of a collective that would and should care about the well-being of all its members...so that is how I try to conduct myself.
Which issues do you believe should be a cultural priority, and why?
For me, the core issue that will substantially increase collective well-being is to help all women achieve economic stability. When that happens, the positive outcomes apply not just at the individual level, but at the family, group and larger community levels as well. Economic stability gives women the resources they need to better protect themselves from social injustice.
Share some simple actions that, if everyone reading this made an effort to do on a regular basis, would create the change you wish to see in the world.
Start a conversation with someone you would not usually speak with. Pay attention to the faces of those around you, give your seat on the subway to someone who looks weary. Make a point to interact with folks who are different than you are. When we become real people to each other, we start caring enough to take bigger actions on the road to real change.