How long have you been volunteering with BFoE?
I’ve been volunteering with BFoE since September last year, so about ten months now.
What do you do here?
I’m the Stalls & Events Coordinator, so I’m involved in making sure we know about events we want to be involved in, organising our presence there and organising our own events.
What do you like about working here?
There’s never a lack of ideas! Whilst our time and resources may limit how much we can do, you would be hard pressed to walk through the Warehouse without hearing a conversation about what we can do next.
What have you learnt from volunteering with BFoE?
Just being there, as a campaigning group, has an effect. Whilst big, successful campaigns, events and initiatives are obviously better, I’ve learnt not to underestimate the things that can come out of being a persistent, nagging voice in the background.
What do you think it the most important environmental issue and why?
For me, it’s definitely aviation. The aviation industry and the Government are determined to keep it growing at the same pace that it has in the last few decades, even if that turns out to be impossible. The decisions we make now about investment in aviation over sustainable travel or travel substitution will define the damage this country does to the Earth for years to come.
What’s your best green tip/advice?
We produce enough energy already. Whilst pragmatically we may have to fight for new power sources to be as sustainable as possible, the bigger picture is that our consumption is the problem. Put effort into reducing your own energy usage, not because of the small contribution you’ll make to saving the Earth, but because it will remind you that a high standard of living doesn’t have to mean high energy consumption.