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Watch Pharrell talk about how fashion can save our oceans

United Nations X Parley for the Oceans will see artists, designers and environmentalists side-by-side in the fight against climate change

Plastic is killing our oceans, as well as the creatures that live in it, with one million sea birds and 100,000 marine mammals killed each year from plastic in the sea. It’s also terrifying that by 2050, all fishing species could collapse from the damage we’ve done. Parley is a movement doing something about it.

Tonight – from 6pm BST – designers, artists, scientists and ocean-lovers will get together with Parley for the Oceans and the United Nations to stage a talk on climate change – with Pharrell lending his voice as the creative director of Bionic Yarn, an ecoyarn that recycles plastic bottles to make quality textiles. He will speak at "Oceans. Climate. Life", a New York event in the Grand Assembly Hall.  

The musician and producer has previously produced a 12-piece collection in partnership with G-Star RAW and Parley, RAW for the Oceans, which was made with recycled plastic from the ocean and his ecoyarn to produce denim. In the last 18 months alone, Pharrell's company, alongside Parley and G-Star, have collated the equivalent of two million plastic bottles from the coastlines of Australia, China and Indonesia. 

Parley for the Oceans is an organization that brings the worlds of music, fashion, art and science together to address the problem of climate change and the threat posed to our oceans. It’s an initiative that’s partnering with brands and notable figures to combat dangerous practices and create more environmentally friendly projects. The evening will include talks from both creatives and environmentalists, with the presentation of new projects and inventions that will serve to make a positive change for our world. Pharrell will be joined by founder Cyrill Gutsch, Adidas’ Eric Liedtke, artist Chris Jordan, activist captain Paul Watson, marine biologist Sylvia Earle, ecologist David Rothschild and photographer Louie Psihoyos, who’s known for his work with National Geographic. It will begin at 6pm, with talks from 6.45pm.

The oceans deserve to be happy too, you know.