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MY WORLD / Jack Harries

Filmmaker, activist and WWF ambassador Jack Harries’ curiosity for the natural world started as a child, when he looked up to organisations such as WWF – with which he now works on documentary films. ‘I think our next series is going to go a long way towards changing the public consciousness around various environmental issues,’ he reflects. ‘It’s really beautiful as well.’ Find out more about Jack’s work and shop the season’s best conscious pieces, here. Photography by Benedict Brink. Styling by Mark Vassallo.

‘For so many people climate change is this intangible, far away thing that’s hard to get your head around. The moment everything changed for me was in 2015…

I went to Jakobshavn Glacier in Greenland with the WWF – it’s one of the fastest retreating glaciers in the world. I didn’t sleep a wink the night we camped there because of the sound of these large pieces of ice carving off into the sea. Travelling to this sort of frontline of climate change really brought the issue home for me, and made it sort of visceral and resonate with the severity of the situation at hand.’ Above: Jack wears jacket by Bode, T-shirt by GmbH, jeans by Citizens of Humanity and bracelet by John Hardy.

‘I’m really proud to be an ambassador for the WWF, I’ve recently travelled to Kenya to work with them on a new documentary that’s voiced by David Attenborough…

I think it’s going to go a long way towards changing the public consciousness around environmental issues. I definitely think that the way climate change affects animals and other biodiversity isn’t something we consider enough. Humans don’t really feel the full effect of climate change yet, but they certainly are. It’s sort of like the canary and the mine, if you look at what’s happening in biodiversity today, it gives you a sense of where we might be headed if we don’t get our act together.’ Above: Jack wears jumper and trousers by Zilver and bracelet by John Hardy.

‘But there’s also a tonne of hope out there and a reason for my optimism. The youth movement that we’re seeing at the moment – led by Greta Thunberg – is so inspiring…

A few weeks ago we saw 1.5 million kids take to the streets and demand action from our leaders. I think that while we should all be making changes in our own lives we also have a responsibility to hold our leaders accountable for their actions too. Extinction Rebellion was formed around seven months ago and it’s centred around raising awareness of climate change with creative non-violent actions to raise awareness. Because climate change trumps everything, you know – in the sense that what hangs in the balance is the future of humanity. Getting political would be my best advice.’ Above: Jack wears hoodie by Lemlem, trousers by Maison Martin Margiela Vintage from A.N.G.E.L.O. Vintage and jewellery by John Hardy.

‘I definitely approach buying fashion consciously. I avoid fast fashion, try to buy less and shop second hand too...

There are so many amazing vintage shops in and around London and on the occasions I visit other countries, I try and source out these kinds of places. There’s this whole new boom now that’s centred around sustainable fashion and it’s possible to be a lot more conscious about the pieces you’re buying.’ Above: Jack wears jacket by By Walid and trousers by Maison Martin Margiela Vintage from A.N.G.E.L.O. Vintage.

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