What: Patagonia Chicago Vote Our Planet Event

Where: Patagonia Mag Mile- 48 E Walton St, Chicago, IL 60611

When: Friday, October 7th, 2016 || 7-9 PM

Why: To learn more about voting in both local and national elections this season with our planet in mind. 

I haven't posted in quite some time, but I'm rising from the ashes to bring this very important message this fall. VOTE OUR PLANET! Voting this election season is important now more than ever, and with the current state of this Earth, we should all be voting with the planet in mind up and down the ballot this season. 

That's also what I'm here to talk to you about- Patagonia Mag Mile is hosting a Vote Our Planet screening of the documentary "Great Lakes Bad Lines". GLBL is a film documenting Line 5, a 63-year old oil pipeline running beneath the Straights of Mackinac, and its threat to our beautiful Great Lakes and all who rely on them. Along with the film, Patagonia Mag Mile will be screen printing limited edition Vote Our Planet t-shirts! You can bring your own to get the logo printed on, or purchase one at the store. At the event, you can also explore local candidates with Ballot Ready and ChiVotes and REGISTER TO VOTE, if you haven't already. As usual, free food and beer provided by Patagonia. 

The event is free, but click here to rsvp!

If you are unable to attend the event, you can still register online! Follow this link to register to vote!!

If you are not in the Chicagoland area, check out this link to see what events are near you!

As a fashion and environmental studies student, I'm always trying to figure out the best way to use fashion for the better of the environment. In this case, I decided to make a blog post to raise awareness and do an outfit shoot highlighting my own personalized Vote Our Planet t-shirt that I got screen printed at the last event! In-between photos, I've attached quotes from a post by Paul Hendricks on "Great Lakes Bad Lines".   

To sign the petition against Line 5, click here.

My shirt was originally a Fly Art t-shirt, but I loved the look of the big red logo on top of it. The jacket, skirt, and heels are all thrifted! Making it an ethical outfit all around. 

Line 5 is 62 years old and crosses pristine rivers, wetlands and lakes along its path, not to mention the five-mile underwater section through Lake Michigan. The pipeline was only intended to last 50 years, yet Enbridge, which is responsible for the largest inland oil spill in history only five years ago, insists there is nothing to worry about.
— Paul Hendricks
In a lot of cases, folks like us don’t have much room to flex our muscles to stop a pipeline. Line 5 is different. The line flows through Lake Michigan, which is considered a “public trust,” meaning a natural resource that belongs to the people—a resource no corporation or individual can control for private gain or put at undue risk. If they do, the state has the obligation and duty to act immediately on behalf of its citizens.
— Paul Hendricks
When you really love a place, you do what you can to protect it. For us, it was to make a film, to tell the Line 5 story through a lens of beauty and adventure. Our hope is to remind those of you who also love these amazing waters, why you love them, and provide you with easy ways to support the decommissioning of Line 5.
— Paul Hendricks

Just for the record: Although I do work for Patagonia Chicago, this is in no way sponsored by them. This is simply my way of spreading the word about something I believe in the only way I know how! You can ask me any questions if you'd like. 

All photos taken by Molly Anzalone.