Where in the world are you?
Dunedin, New Zealand
What do you do in the world?
Masters student and part-timer at Thankyou Payroll
In one sentence, what is climate change?
A cesspool of short-sighted decision making, powerful lobbying and a great big opportunity to do things better.
How does climate change affect your life?
It makes me pretty scared. I often don't know what the future will hold for us and find it hard to make life decisions because of that. It makes me wonder what could I do that would make a difference, in a hopeful way not a hopeless way. It was also the catalyst for a whole heap of skill development which made me a more useful human, so maybe, in a weird way- thankful?
What do you feel you can do about it?
Depends what day it is honestly! Good days I want to take on our top decision makers and get them to take more urgent action on climate change. Bad days I want to hide in bed.
Do you feel there is more you could do? If so, what is stopping you from doing those things?
Yes I could do more. Whats stopping me is how long it takes to see change happen and being OK with that (given the urgency with which we need to transition to more sustainable energy systems).
What's your favourite Sunday afternoon activity?
Having a delicious beer and talking with friends. Walking around in my pyjamas all day.
Extra for experts: 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 22 and we had just learnt about eco-system collapse in the ocean due to climate change and ocean acidification (in class). It was really terrifying, so I joined Generation Zero. From there I slowly discovered the political side of climate change and how influencing this part of the issue could create some momentum in our political system, so that NZ could be zero net carbon by 2050.
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