We’re more used to seeing her nip-tucking garments and models backstage during events like London fashion week, but Dame Vivienne Westwood has lent her voice to a cause that she’s just as passionate about; fracking.
The 72-year-old was on the streets of London today with a group of protesters, marching towards Knightsbridge, where the Shale Gas Forum was taking place.
Westwood said: “It is clear that we are not being told the whole truth about fracking in the UK when we are told that it is safe. In fact, there are several potential threats to our countryside, our water and our health. We are running headlong towards climate change and more fossil fuels is not a solution.”
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The government’s plans to allow energy companies to carry out the controversial process in the UK has been widely criticized by many nature and green groups, claiming it could be harmful to wildlife and could pose a danger to drinking water.
Westwood is a vocal campaigner for a greener planet, even going as far as shaving her hair recently in protest of climate change.
The eccentric designer also revealed that she rarely showers as part of her effort towards reducing wasting the natural resource adding that she even shares bath water with her husband.
In a video released by animal rights group PETA, Westwood states, ‘Normally at home I’m not used to the habit of a shower. I just wash my bits and rush out in the morning and more often than not get in the bath after Andreas.
‘This is about how precious water is, it’s more important than the gas that the people want to dig up and we’re prepared to poison our water for that for example. Eating meat is one of the most environmentally damaging things it’s possible to do.
‘I’m a person who’s got enough money to make choices and this is my choice. We don’t need to eat animals, there’s too many of us anyway and eating animals is destroying the world. I believe that we are an endangered species and we need to think about what we’re doing. We’re probably killing our-selves through eating meat.’
To focus more on her work with Greenpeace, the fashion designer has decided to take some time off her design business so she can focus more on her passion.