Name: Robert Carter
What first triggered your interest in environmental issues?
At school we studied the clearance of the Amazonian rainforest and its effect on the local environment and the rest of the world. That was 25+ years ago. Our understanding of the way the world works and mankind's effect on that has improved but this has not been enough to slow or change our consumption habits - only it seems to have increased them. Are we reaching the tipping point of the planet and our attitude to it?
What are you working on, concerned by, or motivated by at the moment?
I am currently studying the environment through the Open University to try and get an objective view on what is happening to our planet. I am interested to see how the environment moves up / down the agenda in the world and in my family and what aspects of it trigger changes to behaviour.
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 am not going to be specific as there are so many facets to this from the smallest action of drinking a glass of water to drilling another oil well.
How optimistic or pessimistic are you as you look at where we might be in 2020, and why?
I am reasonably optimistic in that the environment has become an issue locally, nationally and internationally but I am somewhat sceptical at our overly optimistic feeling that we will be able to cope. I believe that first there has to be an understanding that it will not be the weather that changes our lives dramatically but that competition for the resources to live may well.
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