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New Environmental Activism Happens Naked

Eco-Nudists Go Naked to Save the Planet & Paltrow's Fur Furor

Want to help the planet? Then what are you doing sitting there all dressed and everything? The newest wave in eco-activism is all natural, sans a stitch of clothing. Gwyneth Paltrow may be wishing she'd followed that example after her deal with Italian designer Tod's and resulting ad showing her wearing fox fur and fur-lined boots has earned her heat from animal rights groups.

Gwyneth has been known for her embrace of holistic practices, yoga, vegetarian husband, and pal and vegan designer, Stella McCartney — but this campaign stands to erase that cred. The director of Respect for Animals, said: "Gwyneth Paltrow should be ashamed. I can only assume that Paltrow either is ignorant of the facts or lacks human decency and compassion." Friends have even said that Gwyneth's decision will flay her close friendship with Stella McCartney.

If Gwyneth wants to get back on track, maybe she can embrace the naked eco-movement? To see the story and a cheeky protest,


Not satisfied with the casual sun-bathing reputation of nudists, have embraced the naked as the ultimate way to erase your carbon footprint. After all, clothes (and everything that goes into making and transporting them) are a major cause of climate change. Take those off, and the planet might be happier. It's apparently an ancient practice dating all the way back to the 70s when nudism was defined as "a way of life in harmony with nature, characterised by self-respect, respect for others and for the environment."

If warming skepticism is more your schtick, you can shuck your socks for that too, sort of. A renegade group called Nudists Opposing Winter actually like the warmer weather because, well, it's nicer to be nude. The founder "Pantsless James" says, "we actively support pro-global warming places and companies. No longer will nudists be forced into the fetish of clothes wearing. It frees up everybody to go clothing-free, the way God intended."

Silliness aside, is nudity a good way to bring attention to the strain on the planet we wear on our backs everyday? Is Gwyneth's endorsement deal a slap to animals? Should we all just go-go naked?


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foxie foxie 8 years
First of all, I agree 100% with Torg in that the "lets ignore issue A because issue B is much more important" approach is ridiculous. If we used that mentality, where would we be? Second of all, what's up with all the hostility? Is it so crazy that some people really care about animal welfare? I can understand disagreeing, but what are you so threatened by? Third of all, and I complain about this all the time on here, you all claim you hate PETA and they don't do anything worthwhile. I don't blame you for thinking that when the media, and TeamSugar, only ever report on their more ridiculous campaigns. A few weeks ago, however, they convinced Zappos to go fur free, which is a huge accomplishment. The downright anger towards the animal rights movement displayed here is really heartbreaking to me. I don't care if you respect animals or not, but to be so hostile towards a cause that so many people really, truly invest their lives in? Beyond lame.
eveday eveday 8 years
I meant :notworthy:
eveday eveday 8 years
"First, if we destroy the planet to the point where it becomes uninhabitable, we won't need to worry about the women and children, starving or otherwise." :not worthy: True Song
eveday eveday 8 years
I find this type of protest rather silly...but I hate it when someone tells me what my priorities should be: I love animals and I want to protect them, I don't criticize anyone for choosing to protect women and children, I'm glad they do that. I deserve the same respect for choosing to fight for what I believe in. Animals being treated ethically DO MAKE a tangible difference for human life, whether you like that or not.
kristints kristints 8 years
The fact that so many of you people think that it's ok for us to skin other creatures alive to wear is just disgusting! Everyone has their points of view on things, but this is a moral issue, it's just wrong!
girlA girlA 8 years
I agree, protests can go too far, and it's unfortunate that people abuse our rights.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
I'll give them their right to protest, but when they start throwing red paing on my clothes, we have problems.
girlA girlA 8 years
Very true, torg! :)
True-Song True-Song 8 years
>You also have the right to ignore them and show some tolerance. You also have a right to moan and complain on message boards. : )
girlA girlA 8 years
C'mon people, it comes down to our first amendment rights--we may not like what people are protesting, but hell, it's their right just like it's our right to disagree or agree. At least they take a stand on something--more than what a lot of other people do. You also have the right to ignore them and show some tolerance.
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 8 years
LOL I did that on a lark without checking if it was a real emoticon or not. Such a shame. We need a cow emoticon. :nerdgirl:
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 8 years
AMEN Michelin! Very well said. :cow:
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
I am actually sick of the green movement: the recycling harpies who jump on me if i throw away a can, every tv show going green for a day (next on america's next top model, the girls ride to thier next photo shoot in a eco friendly limo! yay!) Dumpster rats picking out plastic bottles or whatever in the dark and scaring the beejesus out of me.
Michelann Michelann 8 years
It drives me crazy. There are so many realistic goals for improving animal conditions, yet PETA spends all their time, money, and effort on ridiculous stunts and funding terrorist organizations. Instead of parading around naked, why don't they lobby for better condition in raising livestock? Instead of giving money to ALF or ELF, why don't they push for people to use free-range products? Instead of paying for ads with naked celebrities, why don't we give money to no-kill shelters (instead of killing animals at PETA headquarters)? It's unrealistic to expect all people to stop eating meat or animal products. It's unrealistic to expect everybody to stop wearing fur and leather. PETA has a lot of money and a lot of members. They could actually be doing some good for animals, but they don't, and that's a real shame.
True-Song True-Song 8 years
>To each his own but please don't keep on shoving it in my face I'm not... Do you have rogue evangelical recyclers knocking on your door or something?
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 8 years
oh well torgleson you see it your way and i see it mine, i don't need people constantly telling me about their lifetyle choices and how theira are the best way period. To each his own but please don't keep on shoving it in my face.
True-Song True-Song 8 years
>is peta not for animal rights? Yes, they are, but they're certainly not the only ones, and equating PETA with every person working to protect animals or the environment is just...wrong. So, you're just sick of everyone who recycles and tries to conserve? People who care about the environment suck? Gee, I can see how other people taking care of the planet must get super annoying...
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 8 years
is peta not for animal rights? i am tired of eco-warriors but i really loathe PETA. with the whole eco-warriors thing i'm just tired of the whole doomsday aspect of it's now or a tidal wave will kill us. so maybe i should say while i am so sick of eco- warriors(do we really need another naked event which is just an excuse for old pervs to get off), i have come to loathe PETA and it's tactics. they both suck but one sucks far worse than the other. I am just over hearing about the environment and hearing about animals and how we must go naked than wear fur.
True-Song True-Song 8 years
>and before you jump on me, i work specifically in the area of special needs children for the department of health. I try not to jump on people. Especially Monday mornings. nyaradzom2001, did I misinterpret your original comment? You seemed to be exasperated with all activists for the environment and animal rights, ("i am so sick of eco-warriors and animal rights activists") but did you just mean PETA? Because that's obviously much different.
javsmav javsmav 8 years
Thank you, Torg. "If you personally don't want to eat meat, that is your choice, and your loss." I see it as my gain. Both for my body and mind, and for the environment. I can deal with people who eat meat--most of my friends & family do & I'm not preachy around them (I even allow them to bring meat for the meat side of my BBQ). My only goal is to get people to eat less meat by see how wonderful vegetarian food can be. If I was Stella, I would have a hard time forgiving Gwyneth. I mean, if it were regular, non-famous me and my equally non-famous fur wearing friend, then maybe we could deal with that--I think it's wrong and cruel, but maybe if she just didn't wear it around me. But this is Stella McCartney and Gwyneth Paltrow--and Gwyn wore it in a national &/or international ad campaign. Not cool. However, being nude is not that answer. Please, put on an organic cotton tank and some yoga pants!
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 8 years
I agree nya...I don't think PETA is accomplishing that much and I don't like they're approach.
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 8 years
torgleson how is going naked helping anything. i mena seriously what do these guys actually do besides get naked photos taken and flour bomb celebs, and make videos of animals tortured and mock celebs and generally piss off a lot of people? cleanign the air is going to take a long time and only when governaments decide to do so, cycling butt naked really isn't going spur the G8 into action and if you're alienating people from your cause with your tactics that's not going to help people push their governments for change. Seriously I have't heard one huge thing PETA has done but MSF, Habitat for humanit,SOS children's villages i have heard a lot about them without them getting quasi-celebs to take of their clothes. Maybe i would care if people weren't so pushy they just made me zone out.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
there isnt enough research right now to pinpoint that pollution is causing more cases of asthma attacks, and before you jump on me, i work specifically in the area of special needs children for the department of health.
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 8 years
PETA gets on my nerves.
True-Song True-Song 8 years
>i am so sick of eco-warriors and animal rights activists. try helping starving children, women who are being raped everyday, kids who can't afford to go to school, you know things that make a tangible difference to human life. these people are SO ANNOYING!!! and only hurt their causes. I just don't ever think the "people-who-pay-attention-to-this-cause-should-instead-be-paying-attention-to-this-more-important-cause" argument gets us anywhere. First, if we destroy the planet to the point where it becomes uninhabitable, we won't need to worry about the women and children, starving or otherwise. Second, it's a never ending cycle. How can you pay attention to kids who aren't getting a good education when children are starving? Well, how can you care about children who are starving when children being beaten and raped? And so on. If we only put effort into the most egregious wrongs in the world, we'd never donate to the swim team raising money to go to their state competition or organize doctors to fix cleft palate deformities because there would always be something more important. And if you want to talk about making a tangible difference in human life, let's look at the cases of asthma in children growing by leaps and bounds due to air pollution.
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