Interview with Peter Hancock Bloomtrigger Ambassador
July 18, 2012 § Leave a comment
Peter Hancock lives in East London, UK. For over 20 years Peter worked in the communications industry initially as a Development Engineer, then moved through various analyst and team management roles involving IT Systems and Business Processes. Increasingly aware of sustainability issues, over the last 2 years he took the opportunity to improve his knowledge on this and climate change and consider how his professional experience might contribute to solutions. He’s also sought to develop new skills involving public outreach and awareness of his own community through volunteering with local conservation and recycling charities. If he had to choose a favourite rainforest animal he would go for the spider monkey.
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* What inspires you?
Meeting and hearing about people who are willing to persevere with activities in keeping with their principles. This needn’t be from high profile people it could be the person next door!
* What makes you angry?
Extravagant use and waste of resources.
* What is your personal mission?
This continues to evolve but it involves using any skills and experience I have to offer that will help the communities I live in be sustainable.
* If you were Prime Minister, what would be the first thing you’d change?
I’d work on the framework and policies that allow investment in cleaner technologies. I would also aim to build job opportunities in those areas and break down any silo/either-or structures that might exist between meeting treasury targets and addressing environmental needs.
* Why did you agree to become a bloomtrigger ambassador?
I was really impressed by the method used to address the areas of sustainable development, education and tackling biodiversity and climate change. Like many things they are all linked and this is reflected in the approach used. It’s already shown in the pilot how small contributions can add up to changes on a large scale.
* Can you describe a typical workday?
Lately my working days can be quite varied. Recent weeks saw me working on the recycling project in my borough talking to residents about their views and needs, attending events related to sustainability and business in order to meet people and pick up new ideas, I helped out at a local green fair and I also spent a couple of days on a sustainable systems course.
* Can you think of a place or event you have been that has really inspired you?
The time I’ve spent working on voluntary and local projects has been inspiring. This is because of the people I’ve worked with and met in the neighbourhood as a result of the work. It’s been fantastic to hear from so many people who are keen to work at doing things which enhance the quality of the areas they live in.
* How do you define success?
Being able to achieve a balance in your life and with the world around you is a pretty good goal.
* What’s the best advice anyone’s ever given you?
The only thing you can ever try to be truly in control of is yourself.
* What’s your favourite book or film of late?
Of late I’ve been watching many of the David Attenborough ‘Planet’ series which I missed first time around. I’m going through the ‘Blue Planet’ series right now and find the camerawork and descriptions amazing.
* If you could get anyone to become a part of the bloomtrigger project who would it be and why?
As I have been watching his series, David Attenborough himself comes to mind. He has been such an influential figure in raising awareness of the challenges that are facing the planet.
* How do you go green in your daily life?
I try and stay aware of the resources I’m using and keep my consumption levels at a reasonable level. The change in pace and focus I’ve had means I’ve tried out such things as going vegetarian five days a week, growing my own vegetables and where I can using the cycle or walking to where I want to go.
* What would you most like to happen to protect the planet?
Greater awareness and action by nations about the impact from changes to climate and biodiversity.
* Do you have a favourite quote you can share with us?
I recently read E.F Schumacher’s ‘Small is Beautiful’ and liked ‘Character…is formed primarily by a man’s work. And work, properly conducted in conditions of human dignity and freedom, blesses those who do it and equally their products.’
* If you found yourself stranded in a rainforest, what is the one thing you would like to have with you?
A sharp knife would be useful for such things as building shelter and making a fire.