RainTees founder Beth Doane joined politicians such as D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, former U.S. president Bill Clinton, Arnold Schwarzenegger, NASA scientists, celebrities and other dignitaries this Earth Day, where she spoke on the National Mall in Washington DC about climate change and what inspired her to start a socially conscious company.
This annual event was Earth Day Network’s most successful yet and reached one billion people from 192 countries and included rallies in Montreal, South Korea, and every county of India. The innovative MobilizeU movement inspired students from 6 continents, 49 countries, and 291 universities to hold demonstrations, rallies, voter registration, educational events, and meetings with their schools presidents to put the environment back on the agenda. Grammy award winner and Jazz Artist, Esperanza, was just one of the many celebrities to get involved with her creation of a short video entitled “Endanger Species” to raise money for the Amazon Aid Foundation.
The Mobilize the Earth movement is designed to raise awareness on environmental issues, and to inspire students to take action where it’s needed most. The Mobilize the Earth Program has a goal of getting the attention of world leaders so that when they meet at the Rio+20: United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development this June they will have the knowledge of the environmental concerns that surround us today so that they will take action. Albert Einstein once said, “Those who have the privilege to know, have the duty to act” and this movement is hoping to reach out to people to ensure that everyone takes action.
Beth was unable to ignore the pressing environmental concerns that she saw in the fashion industry, and she hopes that wherever she speaks that light will be shed on these issues and inspire others to take action in their lives with the things that they want to see change.
About the Author
Elynn Kann is originally from Racine, Wisconsin, and is currently a Junior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an intern at RainTees. She is majoring in Sociology, Gender and Women’s studies, with a certificate in Global Health, and has a passion for global development and sustainability. Some of her interests outside of the classroom are travelling, photography, volunteering, and reading.