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Saturday, May 13, 2006

SPECIAL: Bristol Editor

Delighted to introduce you to our new Bristol Editor. Linda is a 20-something currently working in Telecoms and is (slowly) renovating her house along with trying to be green and keeping fit and healthy. Here are her answers to our usual intro questions:

CityHippy: Who are you, where do you come from and live?

Linda: Hi I’m Linda. I live in Bristol, having grown up here and then migrated north to Leeds for university, where I studied Environmental Science. The courses were just starting out then, so we did spend an unfortunate amount of time learning about various models of dustbin lorry.

CityHippy: What inspires you to be green?

Linda: A few things I guess – the terrifying rate at which we are using resources, not just our own but those of the future generations. The satisfaction you get from doing something green, be it reusing something, or eating your own tomatoes, and realizing that it is possible to make subtle changes to your lifestyle. The fact that it’s becoming much more acceptable to be green than even a few years ago. There’s definitely a greater awareness & more people are openly talking about green issues. All the green blogs around are a great example of this!

CityHippy: What is the one thing you do that you are proud of doing?

Linda: My worms! It’s still getting going, but I’ve had a wormery for the last 6 months or so. They’re a productive little bunch, and have become quite efficient at chomping through my household waste.

CityHippy: What is the one thing you wish you could do?

Linda: Live without a car. At the moment this isn’t feasible with my job, but I’m working on it!

CityHippy: What is the one thing you wish everyone in the world did differently?

Linda: Consumed less in general I guess. It’s shocking how much ‘stuff’ we can be persuaded we need, that actually serves no purpose at all.

CityHippy: What is your dream job?

Linda: I’m sure everyone says this, but to have a small holding and be self-sufficient. It’s a big step but possible one day I hope.

CityHippy: What is your favourite way to relax?

Linda: My 20 year-old self would be very surprised by this, but I’ve got quite into running. There are some amazing places to run in and around Bristol, so it can be quite inspiring too.

CityHippy: Why is the world a mess? What can we do about it?

Linda: I think a combination of factors: lack of time, awareness and education. So many people don’t have the time to think about alternatives: it’s a habit of take a new plastic bag each time you go shopping, or whatever. I think that if people are aware of the alternatives, and how easy some are to carry out day-to-day, then we’re on the right track.

CityHippy: Could not agree more Linda, welcome, am sure we are gonna enjoy your posts here on CityHippy.



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