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Rebecca Foster's story

Updated Monday, 12th April 2010

Explore the personal side of climate change with Rebecca Foster's diary entry.

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Name: Rebecca Foster
Role: Geography Teacher

What first triggered your interest in environmental issues?

As a teacher, I have taught about environmental issues and climate change for a long time. I also enjoy walking and the countryside and am concerned about the impact of climate change on the areas I love. Finally, I live in a very low-lying area about 1/2 mile from a major river estuary. My home is above the 5m contour, but certaibky my area will be affected adversely by a rise in sea level

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

I am very aware of my responsibility to encourage young people to think more about their impact on the environment. As a family, we recycle as much as we can, grow some of our own food and try to minimise food miles. We still need to improve our family transport, although we have not flown for several years

What do you anticipate working on, or thinking about, in relation to environmental issues over the next 1 year, 5 years, and 10 years?

Transport is a big issue, we need to encourage greener methods of transport. As a family, we would like to make our house more eco-friendly by installing solar panels.

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

Overall, I am an optimistic person, but it is a worry about the state of the planet for future generations

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