Hi everyone! I’m Lucy, one of the new Carbon Project Officers joining the co2balance team. I’ll be working on projects in Nigeria and Kenya. I currently live in Plymouth but am very excited about my impending relocation to Bristol.
My background includes working for an environmental education charity, The Eden Project, that inspired a career change and to return to studying. During my time at Eden, I had the opportunity to learn the operational scope of building and running the project and I was able to delve into the educational practices used to educate the visitors on the importance of interconnectedness between living things and nature. To further explore these connections and different cultural and social approaches, I took a year’s sabbatical and travelled to South East Asia and Australia where I witnessed firsthand the scope of engagement with this mindset.
Upon returning from my travels, I continued to pursue a career change and began my undergraduate degree in Environmental Management and Sustainability at the University of Plymouth. Studying in Plymouth led to many exciting opportunities working both in the field and in a research capacity. During my first year at university, I spent 3 months camping in the Thorsmork mountain range in Iceland working to implement conservation projects to protect the biodiversity through erosion control, landscape restoration and afforestation. My university modules exposed me to local and international NGO’s and organisations working in Environmental Management. Many of my university modules exposed me to alternative environmental paradigms and methods of implementing climate-based solutions. The Systems Thinking module particularly resonated with me and inspired me to conduct my final year project at the Eden Project, examining the mindsets Eden promotes to provoke action to combat the disparity in the relationship with nature and humans.
Much of my free time is spent outside, whether it’s hiking the Cornish coastline or mountains, paddling in Plymouth harbour or cycling, I love to compete in ultra-endurance sports and really push my mental and physical boundaries. Last year I summited Mount Kilimanjaro and I bike-packed 1000 miles across Europe, and I’m currently looking for my next ultra-endurance challenge!