Name: Faye Tester

What first triggered your interest in environmental issues?

I have always been interested in the environment, particularly in the issues of global warming and climate change. my interest has increased since i studied GCSE geography and A level Environmental science and geology.

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

I am concerned by the changes happening to our environment and the speed they are occurring. a lot of the general public are too complacent about global warming thinking it will just mean warmer summers but the changes will be much more far spread than that. I am trying to get people at work and my family to make small changes to reduce their carbon footprint by turning off lights, turning heating down, recycling more, composting etc, i believe every little thing people do makes a difference, whether they know it or not.

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 year i am going to try and reduce the carbon footprint at home and try to decrease the amount of office waste the company i work for creates. In 5 years i hope to be finishing my environmental science degree with the open uni or with another university. In 10 years i would like to be working in the sustainable living sector, like a carbon mentor or something similar, helping to raise people's environmental awareness and adapt them to the changing climate.

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

I think i am pessimistic to start with, i think a lot of people won't really believe in climate change till they are forced to cope with the changes. They don't want to change their behaviour or lifestyles. I think we will see some undesirable changes like heatwaves, droughts and flooding before we step up our fight to reduce emissions. I think by 2020 people will be improving the effiency of their homes and local governments will be starting to adapt the towns to reduce their carbon footprints and adapt to changing conditions.Goverments will start to step up their input in a rush to meet emissions reductions targets. Hopefully we will be relying on renewable power for a much larger percentage of our needs.

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