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Juliet Wilson's story

Updated Wednesday, 28th July 2010

Explore the personal side of climate change with Juliet Wilson's diary entry.

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Name: Juliet Wilson

What first triggered your interest in environmental issues?

I was a birdwatcher from a very early age and was brought up to be frugal. I first became aware of environmental issues as issues around 9 through watching tv programmes and reading books. It's developed from there.

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

I blog at Crafty Green Poet, where I share poetry, ideas for making crafts from reused materials, notes from nature walks, book reviews and other ideas, all of which focus on the environment.

I have just launched one poetry collection (Unthinkable Skies) and have started working on another. Both focus on the natural world and environmental issues but with themes loose enough that poems on other topics can get in.

I work part time for the Soil Association, so my paid work fits in with my environmental ethics. I volunteer with the Water of Leith Conservation Trust to look after part of one of the rivers in Edinburgh. Spending a morning along the river every week is wonderful, I feel more in touch with the seasons and with the specific environment of the river and its very inspiring for my writing. I also feel if we are connected with nature we are more able to truly protect the environment.

From this summer onwards I will be teaching at the Open Studies Department of Edinburgh University. This years courses are: an Introduction to the Water of Leith and a course on creative writing for nature and the environment.

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 hope to be able to take on more teaching work and to continue writing poetry.

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

On a local level I see a lot of signs of hope, small community groups setting up community gardens or recycling projects, a lot of environmentally aware creative projects, which gives me optimism. But then a huge oil spill happens and it seems there can be very little hope on a global scale.

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