The following is excerpted from a speech that supermodel-activist Angela Lindvall delivered at the Natural Resources Defense Council’s “Clean by Design” luncheon at the Colony Club in New York City on Wednesday.
I’m mostly known for my work as a model, but I’m also known for my deep care and commitment to environmental awareness. In 2001, I created what was called the Collage Foundation. At that time, I was blown away to discover such alarming information about the state of our planet. Yet it wasn’t on the front page of all the newspapers. When I started Collage, I saw that fashion and media have a huge influence on the masses. Our mission at Collage was to use pop culture and media as a means to stimulate awareness and provide information and solutions for change.