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Angela Young's story

Updated Thursday 1st April 2010

Explore the personal side of climate change with Angela Young's diary entry.

Name: Angela Young
Role: youth worker/OU student

What first triggered your interest in environmental issues?

Animal rights it kinda snow balled from there

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

Its such a vast subject, iv always been into animal rights since my late teens when i became vegaterian, i think music (mainly punk) and the lyrics used influenced me quite a lot in the beginning. At present i am doing a course with the OU called journeys through a changing world, its a brilliant course and visits many countries, however through this course its made me realise just how much we are destroying the planet. I along with my husband work voluntary where we can conserving the countryside and woodland. We are both vegan and are involved with issues concerning experimentation using animals, factory farming, hunting and circus's, we are concerned about the rainforest, global warming and poverty. We want a better world for all, one where poverty is no more and one which we can conserve oppossed to destroy.

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

I guess in the next year i will be carrying on much the same as i am now maybe do some enviromental projects with the children at work, after all they are the next generation!. I do hope that within the next 5 yrs circumstances will allow me to go out to work full time, im hoping to get into some sort of enviromental education, in 10 yrs i hope to go and do some voluntary work with my husband, maybe if its not done already improving water supplies in countries faced with extreme poverty or something to help conserve the rainforest.

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

I see a very bleak future, its big companies making money and goverments who hold the key to our planet no one seems to care and sadly most just think about themselves.

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