On a positive note, what is making you excited about the climate movement right now?
For a long time we have failed in the sustainability space to move the conversation away from polar bears and solar panels. It has felt like something distant and abstract but increasingly we are talking about the urgency of the crisis. In particular, the intersectionality of climate justice and racial justice and how they are not two separate things. We are now creating more avenues for people to participate in these conversations.
It’s also exciting to see people assuming positions of power in policy politics who haven't been there previously. When we have unconventional people in those spaces, we can see change happen at a much faster pace. We’ve also seen lots of groups of young people across the world suing the government for climate inaction.
And finally, what is the one thing you would encourage everyone to do today to help the climate crisis?
I would advocate listening to those feelings of eco-anxiety. We are all aware that we are facing a tipping point as humanity. Rather than plastering over that sense of injustice or focusing on feelings of frustration or anger, listen to them. Realise that it means you have empathy for the issue and can do something about it. I would advise people to tune into their gut response so that when something ignites that fire, that’s the thing they need to take action on.
Like Clover, we believe in the power of listening to our feelings of eco-anxiety as a way to inspire us to take action. Join the climate movement and make one of these positive steps today:
- Educate yourself. Follow climate activists and influencers like Clover Hogan on social media to keep up to date on sustainability issues, and discover how to get involved.
- Read up on brands who are committed to reducing their impact on the planet. At Dove, we care about improving the health of the planet; striving for a more sustainable way of being. Read more about our commitment here.
- Shout about your sustainable lifestyle. Share the positive changes you are making with friends or on social media to inspire others to do the same.