How long have you been volunteering at Birmingham Friends of the Earth?
About three years now but soon I will be disappearing for a while to have a baby.
All sorts… I am the Line Manager for the Campaigns Support Worker; sometimes a receptionist; have organised speaker events; greet new people who come to Monday night campaigns meetings; often take minutes at meetings; contribute to the campaigns strategy meetings; and do personnel work such as help with recruitment and development of policies.
I have been a Friends of the Earth member since I was 14 years old but only donated funds until recently. To be honest, I have a real fear of climate change and that’s what motivated me to be more active. I had not done campaigning before but had volunteered and worked for other non-governmental organisations. I did some research on the internet, came to a speaker event at the Warehouse and the rest is history.
Yes, it’s very varied and I have made some good friends. It’s really flexible here so I can get involved in all sorts of things, following my interests, without being over-committed to one thing or another. Volunteering here makes me do things that I wouldn’t otherwise do – for example, I was asked to visit my MP, which was quite empowering. I would not have done this unless Birmingham Friends of the Earth had encouraged me to do so, and now I feel I can go back to speak to my MP about anything.
Short answer: climate change. I have a bleak outlook and I know we need to act quickly. Also, as a Quaker, my faith motivated me to look after the planet: we have been entrusted not to abuse the planet but to treat it with respect.