With Sustainable September drawing closer, we thought we’d open a window into the world of Blue & Green Tomorrow.
Journalist Tom Revell tells us about his background, interest in sustainability and what the future might hold.
Tell us briefly about your background and your current role.
I’m from the village of Tickhill, in a thoroughly middle-class, predictable corner of South Yorkshire. Perhaps to escape from that, I grew up reading anything I could, and knew only that I wanted to write.
At university I couldn’t choose between journalism and history, so I did both. I graduated with an undergraduate journalism degree in 2012 and a master’s degree in history in 2013, both from the University of Lincoln. I joined Blue & Green Tomorrow as an intern journalist while studying last year, signing up full-time in 2014. My experiences here finally made my decision for me.
At Blue & Green Tomorrow I cover a range of subjects, from climate change to payday loans and energy to conservation.
Where does your interest in sustainability come from?
Originally, it probably comes from having loads of knackered old VHS tapes of David Attenborough documentaries that I watched almost daily as a child. I firmly believe that the natural world must be protected.
More recently, while reporting on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s review of climate science early on in my internship with Blue & Green Tomorrow, the necessity of sustainability really became apparent.
What’s your favourite sustainability story at the moment?
There are plenty of projects to admire at the moment, each great examples of the potential of renewable energy. To name a few; the efforts of Solar Impulse and others to achieve truly sustainable flight, the social enterprises bringing solar power to the impoverished communities of the developing world, and the proposed Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon.
What one idea do you think could change the world for the better?
An effective international price on carbon.
What do you see of the future in terms of sustainability, business and the environment?
As the myth that sustainability and profitability cannot go hand in hand loses credibility, corporations and investors will see the advantages gained by their more responsible competitors. Hopefully.
Please feel free to donate and help me sustain my expensive newspaper and magazine subscriptions and my overpriced caramel macchiato addiction, so I can remain both well informed and awake.