I come to you fresh from the rocky outback of King's College London, where I have been known to study Medicine on occasion, when the mood takes me.
From inauspicious beginnings as a casual recycler, I came to Healthy Planet in a rather roundabout fashion. After the horror of the Rana Plaza building collapse in 2013, I resolved that I wanted to use the modest conduit of my own existence to make decisions that would do less harm to others. And so as my life became fairly traded, "organic" and "sustainable" also bled in. Fear not, I don't sit at home self-flagellating with bean sprouts and hemp; my eco-friendly lifestyle is good fun, surprisingly normal, and only very occasionally smug. Yet while I felt happy with my slimmed-down carbon footprint, I knew that this token gesture of greenness was grossly undermined by the actions of institutions I used or even those I belonged to.
At this point, I was prepared to pack up my medical studies and my wicker shoes to board the fight for the environment. Fortunately, before I jacked everything in to save the whales, I found Healthy Planet UK. I drew the dots between air pollution and asthma, between birth rates and biodiversity, between carbon and carcinoma.
So begins my reign of admin! My first newsletter went out recently with an update on our Fossil Free Health divestment campaign, climate news and events, and a little touch of whimsy. There's plenty to be excited about!