Name: Darren Lissaman

What first triggered your interest in environmental issues?

From an early age I had an interest in my surroundings, My family lived next to what is now called a green corridor but we just though of it as the woods and the fields, It was actually a flood plain for the local river, a tributary of the Avon. My first favourite TV show was Jacques Custoe's undersea world followed by Life on Earth. The first time I realised a connection between climate and the environment was the summer of 1976. Our normally three meter wide river shrank so much that all it took was a short 7 year old's step to cross the trickle that remained. I has so many questions, where did all the water go? how can the sun cause this to happen?

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

I am currently working toward a degree in Environmental Science. I have just completed my first "60 point" Module U116 Environment: Journeys through a changing world and am part way through S276 Geology.

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

I'm afraid to say that after cop 15 I am growing increasingly pessimistic. I posted this in reply to a friend how said he was annoyed at the lack of progress at his local transition town meeting and I feel it sums up my pessimism.

"Well I guess that is one of the draw backs of a free society. Take China's rapid expansion. It's been partly so fast because it is the will of the government to move in that direction and no one else gets a say. In our system, facts get debated back and forth and everyone is allowed an opinion. Obviously I'm not advocating a totalitarian approach but I do feel that all this nay-saying has just slowed us down to the point where a 2 degree rise is now inevitable. Instead of moving in a positive direction we have let the money men and sceptics drive us round in circles. Scientific method means that scientists are natural sceptics, Offer up a hypothesis and then your peers try to discredit it, but I feel that every test has now been passed and with CO2 now at 389 ppm it is now time to move forward in one direction. the time for debating is over."

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