Name: Jenny Galuschka

What first triggered your interest in environmental issues?

Seeing what acid rain was doing to tree canopies.

What are you working on, concerned by, or motivated by at the moment?

I am trying to be part of the solution (however small a part), and to encourage everyone I may possibly be able to influence to be part of the solution too.

I am deeply concerned by the very hostile attitudes I have come across among Americans, who really do not seem to accept that humankind has any responsibility at all for the environment.

I am motivated by a love for our beautiful planet, and a longing for my children and grandchildren to know it as my generation has known it, in all its diversity, grandeur and wonder. I am also motivated by concern that we are polluting our planet to the point where human beings are at risk in a variety of ways, and that we are all walking blindly on into a global disaster.

What do you anticipate working on, or thinking about, in relation to environmental issues over the next 1 year, 5 years, and 10 years?

Over the next one year, I am particularly concerned to find out if I can do more as an individual gardener to support wild bee populations.

Over the next five years I hope to be able to introduce environmental concerns into the teaching of the churches where I minister as an LLM.

Over the next 10 years, I hope to see some community development aimed at environmental concerns in my part of the world. e.g. a Transition Town (or set of villages) or at least implementation of some of the ideas that Transition Towns have given birth to.

How optimistic or pessimistic are you as you look at where we might be in 2020, and why?

I am pessimistic, because major players such as the US and China do not appear in the least committed to playing their part in responding to what is likely to become irreversible climate change.

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