Why the environment matters to me…

The climate change agenda took something of a back seat, while the world battled against Covid-19. But that doesn’t mean the environment didn’t continue to matter a great deal, to many people. So, to celebrate all things sustainability, help share tips for smarter environmental thinking and remind each other just how much our carbon impact matters, we’re inviting colleagues, friends of the business and our peers in the wider industry to take part in our quickfire environmental Q&A.

Next up, it’s Claire Slater, HR & admin coordinator at UNTHA UK…

Where do you fit into the environmental sector? Tell us a little bit about your role at UNTHA UK…

My role is to provide admin support to the different departments within UNTHA UK. I work closely with the quality manager to ensure all processes and procedures are up to date.

Complete the sentence – the UK is great at recycling…

…paper and cardboard.

Which sector do you think could achieve significant environmental progress this year?

Electric car manufacturing.

What do you wish you’d known about the environment, as a child?

How harmful plastic is on the environment. Not only does it last forever and survive in the harshest conditions, but it also threatens hundreds of marine species.

What’s the single biggest threat to the environment, in your opinion?

Climate change.

Share 1 tip to help people be ‘greener’, at work or at home:

Did you know, that by turning your thermostat down by 1 degree you can save nearly £100 a year and 310kg of carbon dioxide from being released. Just think of the impact this simple act could have if everyone gave it a go!

Tell us an environmental statistic that you think people need to know:

I was really shocked to discover that 63,000 square miles of rainforest are destroyed each year.

What’s the best thing you’ve ever reused/upcycled?

I’ve upcycled several items of furniture over the years – some have turned out better than others, but it’s always worth having a go to give something a new lease of life!

If you were prime minister for the day, what’s the one thing you’d do to improve the UK’s sustainability agenda?

I would encourage not using green sites for new housing where possible, and ensure that developers cannot buy up swathes of farmland and other unspoilt spaces – They’re key to making our urban environments healthier and more liveable.

Complete the sentence – in 100 years’ time… I hope our country is doing everything it can to be a world leader in sustainability.

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