I’m a Founder/Patron of the One Planet Council, (my host organisation for Renew Wales) director of the One Planet Centre CIC and an author, journalist, consultant, project manager and inspirational speaker in the fields of rural and urban sustainability, energy efficiency, buildings and renewable energy. The author of over 10 books and 1000s of articles on these subjects I lecture in one planet development/governance at the University of Wales Trinity St David. I believe in using my detailed knowledge of technologies, science, legislation and best practice at all levels, from individuals to rural development, agro-ecology to cities, in order to show the multiple benefits that are available from positive change. I’m good at interpreting complex information in an engaging, straightforward way, and have run many workshops and courses. My guiding principles include taking a holistic perspective, adherence to proven techniques, and eco-minimalism. I also run a successful sustainable media company, Cyberium, that makes websites, videos, and publications for good causes.
Why are you drawn to this area of work and how have you helped community groups take their first steps to action in the past?
I frequently find myself surveying buildings and producing energy reports on how the community organisation which owns it can save energy and improve the experience of building occupants and the value of the building.
I also offer advice on renewable energy such as wind, solar, heat pumps and water power.
My most interesting piece of work so far was to advise a miners welfare organisation on creating a climate change garden to demonstrate to the local community how they might adapt their gardens to both mitigate against and adapt to climate change.
What is your vision of your region in 2050?
I would like to see a ‘one planet’ Wales of regenerated rural communities providing goods and services to those who live in urban areas. We would have 100% renewable energy, sustainable transport, local organic food, and a circular economy, with everything endlessly renewed and no waste. Instead of being the equivalent of three planets our collective ecological footprint will be down to one planet, a truly sustainable level. Everybody’s health and well-being will have improved a result.