It is time to start doing research, we are way too far into the digital age to be using “I didn’t know” as an excuse in reaction to finding out that some diamonds are mined with Child Labor. In fact, some Americans do not even know that child labor is a thing. It is time to put in the time and be informed that some companies get their workers through human trafficking, it is time to hold ourselves and everyone accountable for their actions.
It is not okay to simply pin it on the companies, or the countries of the workers. It is time to admit that our desire to have things, has caused others to have nothing, but most of all it is time to start advocating, to actually be the change you want to see in the world. The more people that get educated, and make an effort to help people near and far from them, the better the future looks for the world.
Here in Camas, we have an amazing education system, and teachers who genuinely care about the success of their students. As a result of this, the majority of people knew where their clothes came from. However, they did not know the circumstances of the workers. When asked what they would do better, there was a common sense of well, “I’m a kid, what can I actually do.” And that is okay. Maybe right now, as a freshman, sophomore, junior or senior, you are not out there changing the world. But if you get informed and learn about the issue that affects the whole world, then maybe one day when you grow up, a change will be made. Studies show that the more something is talked about, studied, and analyzed the better it will get.
For more information on how to make fair wages a reality visit this site. https://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/sustainable-fashion-blog/2014/nov/18/fair-wages-fashion-industry-expert-opinion