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Creating a snowstorm: tackling the climate crisis – Bella Lack, Conservationist and Campaigner

About This Episode

Bella Lack is a conservationist, campaigner, writer, filmmaker, board director and foundation ambassador.

It’s an impressive CV for the most storied of careers, but in Bella’s case, she’s achieved it all before most people have even got going with their own careers. At only nineteen, Bella has carved out a name for herself as an inspirational and respected environmental campaigner.

Her first book, Children of the Anthropocene, tells stories from young people at the heart of the climate crisis, and received plaudits, including the former President of Ireland, Mary Robinson, and the legendary environmentalist Jane Goodall, among many others. It’s been described by the Green Party MP Caroline Lucas as an inspirational manifesto for change, and the naturist Steve Backshall as a remarkable and important book, adding that Bella can change the world.

Bella Lack, Conservationist and Campaigner

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What is a book that has changed your life?

Sapiens, and in fact all of Harari’s books.

He talks a lot about a collective belief in fictional realities, such as money, and it made me understand how people create narratives to justify their own actions, and get others to follow along with them, such as capitalism promoting hyper-consumption and supporting mass environmental destruction in the name of ‘progress’.

Making change towards a more sustainable future requires altering these narratives in order to reward ethical and sustainable behaviours as progress.

What are you watching at the moment?

I’m about to start Stranger Things…

Who is your biggest inspiration?

Jane Goodall – legendary.

In one sentence, describe your ‘new normal’

Post A-Level Summer

What is your best tip for life?

Care deeply – but be selective about what you care about. You can’t solve everything, but can have a big impact on what you choose to care about.

A quote for life (if you have one)

“Rather than being overwhelmed by the complexity of the problem, fall in love with the creativity of the solution.” – Mary Heglar

What five tracks are you listening to right now?

  • Vienna – Billy Joel
  • Where is my Mind – Pixies
  • Writer in the Dark – Lorde
  • Babel – Mumford and Sons
  • Beach baby – Bon Iver

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