Julien Pritchard interviews Jacob Williams

How long have you been involved with BFoE?

I think about 9 months.

How did you find out about BFoE?

By not listening to my parents and talking to strangers in Birmingham who happened to be associated with BFOE. Pointing me in their direction.

What do you do here?

I’m the lead campaigner on Energy & Climate Change, which involves a lot of annoying the local MPs as well as recently organizing a public meeting at the University of Birmingham.

What do you like about working here?

You get to meet a lot of new interesting people from all over. Being involved has also led to some fantastic opportunities both within BFoE and through the people you meet.

What have you learnt from volunteering with BFoE?

I’ve learnt a lot about environmental issues and how politics in the UK works. The best thing I’ve learnt, though, is about all the other amazing organisations in Birmingham that I wasn’t aware of before.

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

Not strictly environmental but in my opinion the biggest issue is the mindset of humanity. With the majority of people seemingly too apathetic to do anything but moan about their lives. It’s difficult to get the large-scale change we need, when most of the population quite simply don’t care.

What’s your best green tip/advice?

Be cheap. You save money, eat healthier, get fitter and help the planet. What’s not to like!