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Not many people would consider Paris Hilton to be an Eco-Warrior but it seems that’s exactly what she is! Of course she has a public image to maintain so she couches her advice in some typically obscure metaphors but it’s all there, you just have to listen to her.

Paris Tells Her Friends About Coastal Erosion

Paris Tells Her Friends About Coastal Erosion

Paris has more then 3 million twitter followers so if just a few percent of them could pick up what she’s putting down and tell their friends that “it’s what Paris would do” then that message would really start to get about.

Paris says: “The only rule is don’t be boring and dress cute wherever you go. Life is too short to blend in.”

What Paris means is: It’s important not to become monotonous on a particular issue. If you make your arguments succinct and entertaining and high in easy, practical advice then people will listen to you. Don’t become just another eco-bore.

Paris Says: “No matter what a woman looks like, if she’s confident, she’s sexy.”

What Paris means is: Know your subject matter and know your enemy.

Paris says: “Wal-mart… do they like make walls there?”

What Paris means is: Huge multinational conglomerations are destroying the environment with their need for cheap materials, they walk all over their employee human and workers rights, from sweatshops making their pricey running shoes in developing countries to the minimum wage, no sick pay or medical coverage that they force upon their domestic workers companies like Wal-mart build barriers to social cohesion and economic development for thousands while making their stock holders rich.

Paris says: “I don’t really think, I just walk.”

What Paris with her pimped humvee means is: Once you’ve become dedicated to environmental change it’s not something you have to think about, it’s just something you can get on with. And don’t drive a car, walk.

Paris says: “Who are you wearing?”

What Paris means is: Wearing clothing that isn’t ecologically sound or made of fur etc. makes you a nobody. Think about what you put on your body as well as what you put in it.

Paris says: “I’d imagine my wedding as a fairy tale… huge, beautiful and white.”

What Paris means is: A wedding is the happiest day in a girls’ life. The happiest day in Paris’ life will be when there is no longer any danger to the polar icecaps. They will indeed be ‘huge, beautiful and white’ we need to cut greenhouse emissions and do more to protect the environment.

Paris says: “This is Earth. Isn’t it hot?”

What Paris means is: We have to do something about global warming immediately. From remembering to turn off electrical items properly to trading in our cars for bikes and committing to only buying locally produced goods.

Paris says: “Trust me, people act differently toward you when you’ve got jewellery on your head.”

What Paris means is: It’s not just the tree hugging, hippy dippy crystal gripping beardy weirdies who have influence over issues like coastal erosion and global warming. Even people who dress in suits and ties that go to work in everyday jobs have a personal responsibility to do what they can to protect the environment. In fact the more professional you look the more import people will give you.

Paris says: “I don’t want to be known as the granddaughter of the Hiltons. I want to be known as Paris.”

What Paris means is: Just because things have been done the same way for generations that doesn’t mean that it’s the right way to do things, we need to innovate to create. Innovation is the greatest gift the human race has been blessed with and if we change the way we do things we really can save the planet.

Not many people knew that Paris was so environmentally conscious but it appears that she really is committed to improving the environment. So, like, eugh, whatever!

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So Kate Moss says “Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels” and once again we’re treated to tabloid OUTRAGE as super skinny models make young girls anorexic. Except Kate isn’t that thin any more & the problem of obesity is far more common and threatening more lives in the west than a few  girls taking skipping lunch to its illogical conclusion.

It’s easy to blame slender models for the apparent increase in childhood anorexia and eating disorders as well as body dysmorphia but that’s simply shooting at the most obvious target until you actually look a little deeper.

Designers use extremely thin models for their haute couture ranges and runway shows it’s true but what girls are interested in high end fashion when their pocket money will barely stretch to buying more than a few bits from Primark, let alone titles such as Vogue or Harpers?

It’s still more or less acceptable in many areas to point and laugh at fatties trundling down the street and the very fat are something of a curiosity, they draw our attention whether we like to admit it or not. Our governments try to tell us to eat healthily and everyone knows that to have a slender body is to have a healthy body but the message is not getting across. In a recent survey in Scotland it was revealed that some parents thought that a can of Coke or a bag of chips counted toward their ‘five a day’- a programme set up by central government to get people eating at least 5 pieces of fruit or vegetables every day.

While the powers that be are trying to convince us that obesity is becoming an epidemic and yet information is so thin on the ground is it any surprise that children are confusing the message and becoming dangerously thin while there’s a constant soundtrack murmuring ‘Britain’s getting fatter, loose more weight’?

Much as we need to stop blaming the overweight for their own failings when it comes to moderate portion sizes we should also stop blaming the thin for promoting the idea of thinness as ideal. By the very nature of their title models have bodies that others strive toward. Models shouldn’t be the spokespeople for any agenda, they’re there to look pretty. If you’ve ever been caught in conversation with a model you’ll know it’s almost, but not quite as soul destroying as time spent with an actor or musician, the more successful they are the more vapid, insular, self delusional and short sighted -in terms of world view- they become, hardly a great ambassador for any cause and certainly not for something as important as the younger generation’s long term health.

As we enter the second decade of the twenty first millennia the first of the international fashion weeks is scheduled to start in mid February. London will be the venue for the first new designs of The Tens, showing us the direction fashion, couture and style will be headed in the future. 120 miles away at the University of Bristol information is being discovered about the interesting history of style and culture.

Archaeology professor João Zilhão at Bristol University has discovered evidence that the use of cosmetics goes back not only to our early human ancestors  but even to our pre-human antecedents, the   Neanderthals. Not only did they have make-up but they produced containers in which to store it, compacts if you will. These toiletries were manufactured from drilled sea shells which were found up to 60km inland, indicating both trade and organised migration where objects considered valuable would be retained and used or exchanged. It was known that shell had been used for adornment since prehistory but Zilhao’s  more recently discovered artefacts show that they were also used to keep pigments and coloured clays which were perfect for personal decoration.

So it seems that adorning the body in order to present a more attractive profile or impress our social status upon our peers through our outward appearance isn’t just a very old idea, it’s an idea that goes back to before we even existed as humans. The first humans existed in Europe from 40,000 years ago while neanderthals existed in Europe from 50,000 years ago and although they co-existed it had previously been believed they kept to their own regions and the only contact they had with one another was confrontational. However there is evidence now that the two societies not only shared culture and goods but may have even occasionally interbred. A child’s remains, found in Lagar Velho, Portugal which have been dated to 24,500 years ago show evidence of mixed Neanderthal-human parentage which, while certainly proving genetic exchange, would also lend strength to the theory that cultural  exchange took place between the earliest European inhabitants.

Because Neanderthal fossilized remains were the first European to be found,  they were presumed to be closer to our primate ancestors , that is they were thought to be nearer primates and the missing link. However, since evidence now shows that neanderthals and Cro Magnons, that is modern humans, exchanged culture, goods and it seems,  affection then the differences between them and us were in fact very slight. Things like made objects and cosmetics had been thought to be only within the realm of the human, neanderthals were assumed to be ‘cavemen’; troglodytes who merely grunted at one-another and threw sticks and rocks at passing animals yet what little evidence there is for this attitude is rapidly diminishing as we learn more about them. We see they had cosmetics which denote culture and they made cases to put them in which indicates they were capable of forward planning and sensed that a product had value and should be kept, developing a method and products by which to do so.

Neolithic ‘cave’ man not only seems never to have actually lived in any caves but he now proves to have had culture, religion and medicine, as evidence in herbal preparations found with bodily remains and successful  surgery including trepanning, surgery  to release pressure on the brain to relieve epilepsy, and release evil spirits by boring a hole in the skull. Considering these advances in science and religion it seems strange that we should believe these proto-humans as amoral savages who could only say ‘Ug’. Developing religion, decorating themselves and their surroundings with magical symbols, often with outstanding accuracy as found in preserved cave paintings and caring for the sick while only communicating with one another through rudimentary grunts and gestures seems barely possible. Indeed, the trachea and larynx couldn’t have evolved to an advanced state only for its practical application to be  later realised by man who then used their control of the  voice-box  to develop complex language. It seems fare more likely that the larynx would have needed to develop as greater requirements were made of it, as language and the needs of the speaker developed the structure of the throat would have needed to keep pace with it.

So it seems that while couture models are sometimes and unkindly regarded as being little more than clothes horses, parading up and down wearing too much make-up and clad in clothes that only exist to display the social status of the wearer they are, in reality, engaging in activity which is older than man himself, activity which can be seen to have been concomitant with advances in science, language, art and culture, advances by which we define ourselves as human.