Prompted by a wave of local activity intended to make Haverhill a more environmentally friendly and ‘sustainable’ place to live, HAVE YOU opened up the conversation to a group of young representatives..
As part of our new podcast project we spoke with;
Kirsten Marshall of The Eco News – a publication dedicated to letting people know about the sustainable changes they can make in their lives
Saffron Owen – studying a Sustainability MSc at ARU and on placement with Haverhill Town Council, working on Sustainable Haverhill
Millie Ball – Deputy MYP for West Suffolk and advocate for action on the environment
Poppy Brown – Deputy MYP for Ipswich & Suffolk South, also passionate about environmental issues & involved in putting forward ideas for the region’s 30 year transport strategy!
Our conversation focussed on action for the environment and sustainable living – the little things we can ALL do to make a difference…
As Kirsten said, “it’s not about making a whole massive change in your life, it’s just about the little steps that you take that will have a huge impact in the future.”
Poppy also believes the actions we take now can have an impact – “the little things all build up. If everyone’s taking action together we can make a change, we can make a difference!”
Some of the little but important things we talked about included; making a change to your diet, recycling, thinking more about what you buy and using less single use plastic.
Millie, as part of her election pitch for youth parliament, campaigned on reducing single use plastic in schools. MYPs are currently working on encouraging all schools in the area to take up this pledge.
We touched on the subject of transport and how making public transport easier for everyone to use could help massively with CO2 emissions. Poppy and Millie were both keen to make the point that improving public transport locally would discourage people from using their cars all the time.
Millie also talked about being vegetarian. She said that she thinks alot of people are put off eating sustainably because they “just like meat too much.”
Kirsten explained how she tackles this – “I personally do love meat and fish. I have a rule that during the week I eat as much plant based as I can. The weekend is my treat. You don’t have to feel like you have to eat vegetarian all the time.”
Poppy told us that she also thinks reducing meat consumption can help – “when I talk to people they think I’m going to try and force them to become vegetarian. I’m just saying cut meat out of two or three of your meals a week. It’s not that hard!”
TOP TIPS FROM OUR GUESTS
Poppy: Get outside and connect with nature!
Kirsten: Don’t ever feel like the world is against you – we’re here to work with it.
Millie: Try getting a bird feeder or making an animal shelter!
Saffron: Do what you can & don’t feel bad if there’s anything you can’t quite do. If you’re living at home it can sometimes be difficult to make changes.
You can find out more about Sustainable Haverhill here
And listen to our conversation about Sustainable Haverhill here.
Watch videos from the launch event, including an inspiring talk by Chris Hines of pressure group Surfers Against Sewage!
TELL US what you’ve been doing at your school or in your local area:
Use the hashtag #sustainablehaverhill
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