How long have you been volunteering with BFOE?

I’ve been involved for 14 years now.

How did you first find out about BFOE?

I first heard about Friends of the Earth local groups when studying in Liverpool. I meant to go along to the group there, but was too busy with exams, so when I moved to Birmingham I looked up BFoE. The rest as they say, is history!

What do you do at BFOE?

I’m a campaigner on town planning and green buildings, but I also dabble in other campaigns too. In addition I sit on the Management Committee that runs the organisation and I use my professional skills as an architect to help maintain and develop The Warehouse; our wonderful environmental and social campaigning hub here in Digbeth!

What do you think is the most important environmental issue and why?

Climate change is definitely the most important, as it threatens the whole planet, its wildlife and the human population, but it’s also something we can all work together to tackle all over the world. However, our appalling air pollution is a massive issue locally too, but luckily a lot of the things that help solve climate change, help air pollution too.

What’s your best green tip/advice?

One of my lecturers always said that the job of an architect is to try to make things better. But I think that’s a great mantra for everyone, not just architects; so keep trying, and keep making things better!