Where in the world are you?
Wellington, New Zealand
What do you do in the world?
I enjoy myself and take up space. I think a lot about climate change, so much so that I co-founded Social Climate with Nat.
In one sentence, what is climate change?
Climate change is the long term change of climate due to human activity, and the biggest challenge we'll face as a species.
How does climate change affect your life?
Climate change has a huge effect on my life. Firstly, I think about climate change and sustainability all the time. I put a lot of energy and time into it. Secondly, I consider climate change when making major life decisions, and I suspect I will do for the rest of my life.
I don't think these things are inherently negative, they're just there.
What do you feel you can do about it?
I feel quite empowered! I feel so encouraged and excited by the people around me, active and doing good work already. Everyone has skills that they can contribute which I find so inspiring.
My passion is food. To me, food is happiness, health and security. Food is also the source of our highest green house gas emissions as individuals*. I want to increase food sustainability and explore all the ways we can make a difference in climate change from the ground up. I feel like people are the answer, and that we can solve climate change by working together.
Do you feel there is more you could do? If so, what is stopping you from doing those things?
I feel like there is always more that I can do! What is stopping me right now? Hours in the day perhaps?
What's your favourite Sunday afternoon activity?
I like quiet Sunday afternoons. A cup of tea and working on sustainability projects/ideas is my jam.
Do you remember how you first became active in climate change?
Was there something specific that triggered you to act? How old were you then? How old are you now?
I was about 16 or 17 years old when my chemistry teacher gave me a copy of 'An Inconvenient Truth' on DVD. I watched this at home and remember feeling so amazed and frustrated and scared all at once. I wanted to do something, something real. I didn't want to buy an eco light bulb.
I'm 27 now and I have moments every few months where the enormity and urgency of climate change hits me. This is usually when I learn something new that allows me to comprehend climate change in a new way.
*Based on stats for the average NZ household
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