Supporter of the week: Baroness Bryony Worthington

Hannah Booth

05 March 2012

To celebrate Friends of the Earth's 40th anniversary, I've been talking to some of the supporters who've made it all possible. Baroness Bryony Worthington (right) promotes changes in public attitudes to the environment, and action to tackle climate change. 

"I was appointed to the House of Lords as a Labour peer a week before my son was born. I got the call while I was in hospital.

"It’s an interesting time to be there. It feels like an unexpected privilege, so I want to do something useful with it.

"Climate change has been my area of expertise since I joined Friends of the Earth in 2000 to head its climate change campaign.

It was a fantastically exciting job, and The Big Ask, which called for a change in the law, was a stand-out achievement.

"I founded Sandbag in 2008. It’s a watchdog for the European carbon market, which needs reform.

"It’s aimed mainly at big business, but individuals can do their bit too, by retiring carbon permits, and thus taking them away from the polluters.

"The most useful thing people can do is to be politically active.

"There is political will on climate change in the broader sense, but when it comes to the detail, it gets trickier.

"We're up against a lot of lobbying from people who benefit from the status quo – so forcing companies to change is hard. They’re not going to give up without a fight."

To see all the supporters I've interviewed visit our 40th Anniversary Gallery. Next week: Roger Ross. Hannah Booth also writes Lives Less Ordinary.

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