I’ve made it very clear on my social media how important this planet is. The sea, the land and everything in between. The climate crisis saddens me no end. It hurts me that we as humans have caused irreparable damage to the earth that serves us so well. I think there are many topics within the climate crisis that need to be discussed and more and more people need to make changes to their habits in order to help the planet recover. That is one of the main reasons why my journal is trying to bring more topics to the surface for people to educate themselves and ultimately make those changes.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
My name is Katie, I’m a 23 year old currently living in the south of England. I’m in the process of starting up my business The Conscious Traveller, encouraging socially and environmentally conscious travel!
Where can people follow your blog?
What made you start your blog?
During my travels I have found myself time and time again wishing the tourism industry was more ethical and sustainable. Over lockdown I started up my own business with the aim of raising awareness of the issues tourism creates and how we can travel more consciously. I’m growing my business outside of Instagram now too and I can’t wait for it to be available for use! I want sustainable travel to be clear, easy and accessible for everyone.
What are your thoughts on Climate Change?
The climate crisis is the biggest threat we face as a collective. I don’t think it is currently given the attention it requires to be reduced, let alone stopped or reversed. We need more urgency!
Have you changed much about your lifestyle?
I have been gradually cultivating more re-usable and sustainable items in my everyday life. I have gone vegetarian. I have been educating myself a lot over lockdown and started expressing my knowledge and advice surrounding the subject too.
What sort of reactions do you get from people who come across this?
My dad called me ‘too moral’ the other day when I pointed out that Amazon is an unethical company, which is funny but also quite sad. I find some people get quite hostile and challenging about my decisions and when I share information regarding ethics. I think when people actively make eco-friendly changes in their lives, others can get defensive as if they’re being attacked. It’s an issue, and one that people must work through within themselves. We don’t want people holding back on making positive change in fear of other peoples opinions and judgments.
What changes have you found the hardest to make and what have you done to overcome them?
Going 100% vegetarian is only a recent change for me because it has taken me so long to fully commit. It’s a mixture of reasons to why I found it hard. I believe I managed it by rewiring my mind to know that I am a vegetarian, and that meat repulses me. Reminding myself it is a dead body has helped too – gross but true!
What is your biggest fear about the future?
The future can be viewed as scary, but I make a conscious choice not to fear it. Fear is unproductive, I think we must focus on the incredible, positive people and changes being made in order to remain hopeful and faithful.
Who is your biggest inspiration?
For me, the activism I see people I follow online doing everyday inspires me. Knowing so many people share my values and are working towards saving the Earth fills me with so much love and gratitude. It makes doing my part feel so much more enjoyable and worth while.
What is the one thing you would like people to take away from this?
To realise your power you have as an individual and know that every small action to fight the climate crisis makes a difference. It can feel like we are powerless and not enough to make change, but that can’t be further from the truth. Do whatever you can whether that’s quitting fast fashion, re-posting information online, going vegan or signing petitions. The power for change lies with you, it’s up to you how you use it!
Do you have any advice for Appletree and Avalon?
Keep doing what you’re doing! You’re inspiring people to live more sustainably, and that’s so needed.
Wow, what a great read from Katie. Do you yourselves get back lash from other people including your family? How do you tackle this?
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