Beverley Bond's story

Updated Monday, 8th March 2010
Explore the personal side of climate change with Beverley Bond's diary entry.

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Name: Beverley Bond

What first triggered your interest in environmental issues?

Since being a small child, growing up in a farming and gardening family in the 1960s, I have been aware of, and deeply concerned about, the unsustainability and destructive nature of our food production. (Great Britain.)

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

I work in an ornamental, historic garden, and as a gardener for private clients. I have a large garden where I try to produce as much food as possible. I am concerned by the effects of climate change on the ecosystems and biodiversity that I feel connected with. I have been aware of unsettling changes in our environment since the early 1960s. I'm not sure what I'm motivated by but only know I feel desperately sad about the current situation and the difficulty of an individual making any difference.

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 few years I will be working on a very small scale trying to produce more food myself, and trying to influence people around me to do the same. I will be supporting local , sustainable agriculture and horticulture, keeping worms and bees, gardening in a more organic way. Over the next 10 years I will be trying to preserve insects (for example the stag beetles we have in the historic garden I work in), thinking about problems of water in food production, worrying about using oil and electricity and any other areas where I am being made to feel guilty and helpless.

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

I am very pessimistic about where we will be in 2020. Government and other influential sources are continually nagging at the individual to try to change their way of life in order to save the planet. However I don't think that the 'ordinary person' actually has any concept of the economic forces, big businesses, government/political interests which are driving climate change. Having worked in the international food industry, and with my understanding of the soil and the natural world I am deeply distrustful of the advice and information handed down to us. There are some good things happening, but they are on a very small scale. I will need to see greater political will in the world at large before I can feel any optimism.

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