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Before becoming involved in any kind of academia or the climate crisis, for a little over a decade I was a touring musician, gigging all over the UK and Europe whilst balancing a sales executive position in music retail. By the time I exited the industry, I had made my way up from a Saturday worker and occasional open-mic goer, to managing piano and guitar departments and becoming an in-demand artist in the Southeast of England.
Since then, however, I’ve thrown myself into university life as a mature, first-generation university student. I have exceeded any personal expectations of myself that I had before joining, and surprised with how involved I’ve become in my studies and extracurricular activities.
A pressing field of study that I am building the ethos of the EAP around is that of Critical Animal Studies.
CAS situates itself in the heart of intersectionality, constantly questioning the status quo of our treatment of the natural world and its inhabitants. I believe that at the current rate of environmental decline, there is no time for incremental change, only great leaps forward in our ability to care for, and help repair our planet. This is why any animal activist group or charity we work with must be 100% vegan in its approach, and why we do not take money from exploitative industries.
Alongside some sterling work from WinACC and various members of the community, I had the pleasure of being the co-convenor for Winchester’s first-ever Youth-Led Climate Assembly.
A panel of seven expert contributors, two senior local councillors and the Mayor of Winchester District, Cllr Vivian Achwal also took part in the Assembly. The Assembly was introduced by Professor Robert Beckford, Director of the University of Winchester’s Institute for Climate and Social Justice. Other speakers included Megan Streb of Sustrans South, Katie Campling of Earthian Winchester, Guy Derwent of Guy Derwent Architects, Sam Watts of Winchester Food Partnership and Tammi Sinha of Wessex Green Hub
Participants between the ages of 16-30 years old came together to make suggestions to put to the local and county councils in Winchester and Hampshire, citing a desperate need for policy adjustment in the battle against climate change.