Nearly six months later I made some shorts for the Extinction Rebellion social media channel on the impact of the climate crisis on certain species. Within a few days I had a message from the creative director of Stella McCartney asking me if I wanted to be part of a campaign. Then at the April 2019 rebellion in London, I was approached by two women from Stella’s team. They took photos, asked me about my involvement with climate activism and the next day I was on a bus to Wales for a project that would change my life.
I had no idea what the campaign entailed but when I found myself in amongst other rebels and the imitable Amber Valetta, I soon learned that Stella had chosen Extinction Rebellion activists to model her winter line. What resulted was a visual ode to our planet in the form of a film written by author and environmentalist Jonathan Safran Foer and narrated by primatologist and philanthropist Dame Jane Goodall.
The media attention ensued; articles by Vogue, podcasts, interviews and another environmental campaign on plastics with British photographer Mollie Rose. Even a scathing article written about my falsified flying habits by the Daily Mail and an invitation to the BP sponsored British Portrait awards (which I turned down, I have no time for fossil fuels).