If you’re like me, you’ll be asking how we’ve got to the point where we over-consume, destroy wildlife habitats and create waste with little idea about the impact of our choices. You’ll be wondering how, or even if, you can make a difference.
I believe every one of us can help create a greener, healthier, more sustainable world by having conversations, making changes and collaborating in communities. I created this blog in June 2015 to start a conversation for change and a new direction in my own life.
The inspiration for my interest in health, nature and education
Although I’ve always enjoyed being outdoors, it wasn’t until I had my own family that I had the opportunity to see the wonders of nature through a child’s eyes. We enjoyed feeding birds in our garden and walking to the park, the woods, and Houghton House, a ruin on a blustery hilltop. Long walks aren’t tiring for children when there are leaves to swish through, puddles to stomp in, and conkers to collect!
Family holidays were spent in the countryside or on the coast, away from the hustle, and then moving to New Zealand, we were lucky enough to see whales, dolphins, penguins, albatross and even the elusive kiwi.
I became interested in conservation and the impact of environmental degradation on wildlife when our daughter studied zoology. I’m also interested in the social and economic drivers of government policy and how decisions will affect us in the long term if environmental factors aren’t given equal consideration. I’m optimistic about sustainable business and the call to include natural capital in economic assessments.
Animal welfare has been on my mind since the late 80s when I first read about intensive farming in the UK. Over the years, I’ve thought more carefully about my food choices, making gradual changes to reduce and eliminate animal products, initially for animal welfare reasons, and now health and environmental reasons too.
Life is filled with opportunities to find meaning
Life is a process of transformation as we take on different roles to meet changing needs, desires and circumstances. I’ve been a computer programmer, international athlete, Montessori teacher, sports massage therapist, young athletes coach, and café manager, but my most fulfilling role has been Mum.
As our children fledged, I started my final moult, finishing a BA in English & Creative Writing and becoming a writer.
I’m in my element when I’m learning, thinking, and writing. I’m fascinated by health, environment, and animal science news, and how it can inform our decisions. I’m passionate about the writing process, enjoying every step from initial inspiration through to final polishing.
When I’m not writing, I like to be outdoors, rain or shine. Not long ago, you could see me walking through New Zealand bush, stopping to watch the birds – the acrobatic fantail, the nectar-feeding tui, and the tiny silvereye. Now I’m back in the UK, delighted to be re-united with the English robin, though I’m still waiting for the local blackbirds to take a dip in my birdbath!
I care deeply about education, animal welfare, conservation, and the benefits of nature for mental health and I’m happiest when I’m connecting with people who share these passions.
‘Be the change that you wish to see in the world’ – Mahatma Gandhi
Surf n’ Fun at Burton Bradstock by David Brighten
Girls Graduation by David Brighten
Blackbird Bathtime by David Brighten