Joe Peacock interviews Ashwin Prabhakar
How long have you been involved with BFoE?
Since October last year.
How did you first find out about BFoE and what made you decide to get involved?
I always knew about Friends of the Earth and other environmental groups. I got involved because when I was in Kenya and I was going to school, there used to be lots of trees on the way, but now there are none left, so I wanted to be part of a group that is doing something about the way we look after the planet.
What do you do at BFoE?
I’m the membership and fundraising coordinator – I try to get more people to sign up as members and think of ways we can raise more money. It’s been going well and we’ve had some good ideas as a team in the strategy meetings, such as having vouchers for people to spend in the businesses in the Warehouse as an incentive for new members to sign up, and we’re starting to implement them now. Once people find out about them, I’m sure this will start working well.
What do you think is the most important environmental issue and why?
Climate Change is a global phenomenon, which if we don’t act on now, we’ll see the consequences more and more in the future. The floods we’ve been seeing recently are just the start of this and it is really starting to have an effect all over the world. Future generations won’t be able to enjoy the same kind of life that we do, unless we take action now.
What’s your best green tip/ advice?
Take public transport or cycle/walk instead of driving – it keeps you fit and is much better for the city and the planet.