by Michael dEstries
Categories: Causes, Fashion.

img_3693.jpgSummer Rayne Oakes — activist/model extraordinaire — has just completed a string of green events that makes us hope she gets a little R&R. First off, Summer was one of the leading organizers behind last weekend’s highly successful Power Shift 2007 national summit down in D.C. Over 6,000 youths descended on the nations capital, with many standing before the Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming to voice their concerns on climate change and the environment. The event was extremely well-received and people were particularly impressed and inspired by Van Jones’s address. (Check out the video here)

Previous to this, she was in the Great Bear National Rainforest (north of Vancouver) with Tides Canada. The trip was a donor/funder event and opportunity for Raynes to bring attention to this conservation effort through a journal + images on her news blog. Since this park contains the last intact coastal temperate rainforest in the world (and 20% of the wild salmon population) it’s of great interest to environmentalists. Oakes is helping to raise $1.1 million by December 2007 to round off the final conservation plan of $120 million.

Finally, Oakes has been highly involved in the sustainable fashion scene — from emceeing the Seattle green fashion week, to the Ethical Fashion Show in Paris, to various eco-events in and around New York City. Is this girl busy, or what?

If you would like more information, hit up Summer’s official site!

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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  • kwolph

    Taylor was definitely a prominent figure at Powershift 2007. She an inspiring individual with her tireless energy and ideas.

    Please check out more from Powershift 2007 and if you are into the message of better fuel and energy standards, sign the petition at!!

  • kwolph

    Here is another link to a press release that highlights auto workers and dealers separating themselves from the auto industry and backing the current 35 mile-per-gallon (mpg) fuel economy standard by 2020 being debated by Congress right now:

    Again, please let your readers know about the Energy Bill 2007 petition in support of this aggressive bill,

  • Sustainable Sean

    Yay Summer!