The natural world fascinates me; from tiny tardigrades in the ocean to enormous networks of fungi in forests I’m captivated by it all. My interest in our environment influenced my choice to study Biology at University, and later, a Master’s in Health, Population and Society. Like SAS, I believe that a thriving ocean, and other natural environments, lead to thriving people.
When considering how we as a species interact with our natural environment, it’s clear that the impact we have on our planet is enormous, worsening and overwhelmingly negative. This can be hugely depressing and terrifying at times, leading many of us to wonder how on earth we will have a positive impact within the systems that govern us. But, thanks to amazing people like you (you must be doing something positive if you’re reading this) and organisations like Surfers Against Sewage, I have hope. Every little positive action really does count, and it all leads to greater change.
I was drawn to Surfers Against Sewage due to the wide-ranging work they do; from community beach cleans to industry and political lobbying. I strongly believe that this work at all levels of society is the way forward to tackle climate change, poor water quality, plastic pollution and the myriad of other problems we have collectively woken up to.
Having taught English and worked with young people in countries such as China and Chile for the last few years, I believe that Education has an integral role to play in all of this. I am so excited to be working in the Education team here, and can’t wait to see more of the creativity and passion that young people have for the environment.
I try to make environmentally-conscious choices in my own life and I’m always learning more about the innovative ways we can do this. I’m super privileged to live just a five-minute walk from a refill store, so try to keep single-use plastic from food to a minimum. I’m an advocate for plastic-free periods and love using soap nuts and other natural resources to keep everything from myself to my home clean.
When I’m not working, I’m usually experimenting with a vegan recipe (that I never fully follow), taking a long walk in any weather or trying out one of the many water sports Cornwall has to offer.