Where in the world are you?
Wellington, New Zealand.
What do you do in the world?
Public servant, gamer, mum.
In one sentence, what is climate change?
Changing weather patterns as a result of human activities.
How does climate change affect your life?
In a perceivable sense not so much. I mean yes it does seem like weather is much more unsettled and we are breaking records in our country in terms of temperatures, but for the most part not in any significant way as of yet. I work, I buy food, my garden still grows, I am not underwater, I have clean water etc... But because I am aware of the potential impacts and can see how it is affecting other parts of the world. I have adjusted my behaviour to help minimise the impact on our planet.
What do you feel you can do about it?
I think we should shift our focus to combating social issues like poverty, education and domestic violence. We should shift our focus to stopping people who lack empathy getting into positions of power. How much priority do you give to living in a much more sustainable way if you are struggling to feed your kids? How much traction can we get if we keep voting in people who care more about championing business at the expense of people and the environment? I want to be optimistic and believe we can make a difference but actually I feel rather powerless against certain facets of human nature. In the end all I feel I can do is make sure I am doing the best I can to live in a sustainable and ethical way within the context of needing to pay off my mortgage, feed my kids, battle mental illness etc...
Do you feel there is more you could do? If so, what is stopping you from doing those things?
I would like to do more but I have finite resources in terms of time, money and energy. I don't have the answers.
What's your favourite Sunday afternoon activity?
Making pizzas and making music.
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