SPECIAL: Edinburgh Editor
CityHippy has made it north of the border and I am delighted to announce our first Scottish Editor. Representing Edinburgh, Ladies & Gentleman, introducing Katherine.
CityHippy: Who are you, where do you come from and live?
Katherine: I'm Katherine, an information officer for a Scottish charity. I was born in Orkney, moved to Yorkshire aged nine and am now living back in Scotland, in Edinburgh with my boyfriend.
CityHippy: What inspires you to be green?
Katherine: Respect for the planet and other people I think and I got into 'being green' when all the scare stories were around in the late 80s/early 90s. I was in my early teens and got quite worried by it all, I remember devouring my grandparents Greenpeace newsletters. I kind of lapsed a bit but in the past few years I've been taking it more seriously again, the whole green movement seems to have taken on a more positive lifestyle stance which helps. Although, as the programme says, it's not easy being green, it is getting easier.
CityHippy: What is the one thing you do that you are proud of doing?
Katherine: We're growing our own tomatoes and lettuces this summer. We live in a flat and don't have a balcony so it's all on a sunny window sill.
CityHippy: What is the one thing you wish you could do?
Katherine: Have a garden and grow more of our own fruit and vegetables. We should really investigate allotments!
CityHippy: What is the one thing you wish everyone in the world did differently?
Katherine: Shopped more responsibly - that covers a multitude of sins! Like many people I love shopping but where I can afford it, I try and make more responsible choices. Consumers can be very powerful, the more people who take the organic and/or fair trade option, the more companies see that that's what they should be producing - and hopefully the price comes down.
CityHippy: What is your dream job?
Katherine: I actually quite like my current job! However, it's my ambition to become a freelance information professional so we can go and live on the Isle of Skye in a few years.
CityHippy: What is your favourite way to relax?
Katherine: Sitting in my chair by the window when it's sunny and knitting.
CityHippy: Why is the world a mess? What can we do about it?
Katherine: I think one of the reasons is that not enough people in the developed world take the environment seriously. It's very much 'live for now' and being environmentally aware is often seen as boring. I'm not sure what we can do about it but I think blogs like this and the advent of more positively green websites and other media are starting to help.
CityHippy: I agree...the tide does seem to be turning. And you are a part of the shift so pat yourself on the back. Great to have Scotland in the house.