29 Nov '11, 10pm
#VivienneWestwood puts £1million quid of her money where her #ClimateChange talking mouth is @FollowWestwood #fashion
has never been one to shy away from a sound byte , but the doyenne of British fashion is finally putting her money where her mouth is. After voicing frustration over the World Bank’s failure to distribute funds earmarked for climate change, Westwood announced she was giving £1 million ($1.55 million) of her own cash to prevent logging in the rainforests of Borneo, the Congo Basin, and Peru. Speaking on the eve of United Nations climate talks in South Africa on Monday, the designer criticized World Bank officials for sitting on the £4.2 billion ($6.5 billion) Climate Investment Funds , which was established in 2008 to help developing countries confront the effects of global warming by 2012.