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Friday, May 12, 2006

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.



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At 3:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Green City Living Fair Sep 10th 2006 2-4.30pm
St Georges West, Shandwick Pl. & St Johns Church, Princes St.

Anyone out there?
I work for a project called Creative Space and we are hosting a Green City Living Fair in Sep in Edinburgh City Centre.
We have a great number of people interested who are door step recycing & have low energy light bulbs, but who want to go a step further to think about greening their homes & lifestyles and the fair aims to give them opportunities to access the agencies, projects and companines which offer green living wisdom & products.
We are not charging for this fair and have a number of agencies and groups booked, but we still have some space which we would like to offer to any companies and groups out there who are interested and have contributions to make.
Run a stall promote you products, ideas, campaigns.
The fair is welcoming to all ages with childrens activities and a Fair Trade cafe with food sourced by the Slow Food Movement.
If you are interested or know folk who might be please contact
Fiona Bennett


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