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Insights on Sustainability from a Renowned British Author and Environmentalist Julia Hailes

Today, we have a very important guest in our blog corner - Julia Hailes. She is a famous British Author and Environmentalist, having written or co-written 9 books, including the famous “Green Consumer Guide '' which sold over 1 million copies. She makes speeches at many different events and campaigns to raise awareness about environmental issues. We had a very nice interview with her about how she started her career, her clean-energy-related actions and projects, how she came across TESUP, and how we can collaborate with her. Let’s begin!

Hi Julia, we’re really happy to have this interview with you. Thanks for joining us. Let’s start with our first question: We’re curious about how you started your environmental career. What made you move in this direction and how did your journey start?

There was a pivotal moment that made me think that I really needed to do something. In the early 1980s, I went to South America and found myself in the West of Brazil, in the Mato Grosso. It’s a wonderful part of the world with forests and wetlands - and teaming with wildlife.

But as I stood looking at the rainforests stretching into the distance, I heard the sound of chainsaws and realised that the Spanish family I was staying with was cutting the forest down. This was the catalyst for me in becoming an environmentalist - and in particular, prompted my mission to save the rainforests.

That was in the early 80s - we’re now in 2023 and we’re still doing it. Even on a recent trip, I had to Indonesia, I could see people burning the vegetation and it breaks my heart. The destruction is huge and it has immense impacts on climate change and biodiversity.

It’s horrendous indeed, and it’s so important to have as many passionate environmentalists as possible like you to turn the tide. In today's world, there are many famous terms such as sustainable living and being environmentally friendly. In your own words, can you please explain what sustainable living means and how people should act to have a sustainable lifestyle?