Adding to her protesting CV once more for 2015, fashion designer Vivienne Westwood has teamed up and stripped off with her husband Andreas Kronthaler to create short film Trouble In Paradise to push for a new law that sees the destruction of the environment as a crime.
In a subverted reimagining of the tale, the pair are the naked Adam and Eve plucking the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden. Westwood is dressed in a nude bodysuit complete with signature platform boots, while Kronthaler is adorned in a silver fig leaf. As they pick the apple from the tree in this version, their fate is the destruction of the planet.
Faced with a plague of businessmen who descend upon them, the couple recoil in horror as the land is usurped, leading to pollution, mining and deforestation. In a twisted homage to Belgian artist Rene Magritte's The Son Of Man, the men are faceless save for a red apple supporting a bowler hat; the fruit then transforms into coal, wood and oil, and the men begin to shake bank notes while watching the Earth being destroyed.
The film has been created in support of the End Ecocide campaign. Defined as the extensive damage to or destruction of an ecosystem to such an extent that the enjoyment of an area is seriously diminished, ecocide is essentially the criminal action of causing knowing harm to the planet.
The ultimate goal of the campaign is to have this behaviour entered into the Rome Statute, which is the governing document setting out existing international crimes against peace. Ecocide was to be included in earlier drafts, until it was removed in 1996. With 122 countries acting as State Parties to the Rome Statute, any crime against peace that is entered into it is automatically put at the forefront of international law along with genocide, war crimes, crime of aggression and crimes against humanity.
Westwood has continuously been active in the fight against climate change having worked with Greenpeace in July to create a "Save the Arctic" T-shirt to oppose Shell's decision to drill in the region. The 74-year-old designer also designed a T-shirt to help the fight of junior doctors against NHS changes to their contracts. As creative director of her company, husband Kronthaler, 44, works with Westwood and has often been seen collaborating on projects with her prior to their ecocide campaign video.