Week 2: Green Party Deputy Leader and upcoming WEN Forum speaker, Amelia Womack
It is an important time for WEN, with International Women’s Day on Thursday, and the upcoming WEN Forum and book launch of ‘Why Women Will Save the Planet II’, which also makes it the perfect time to share our next interview of the #WomenWeSalute2018 series.
Meet Amelia Womack. Deputy Leader of the Green Party of England and Wales, and one of our many esteemed speakers at the WEN Forum next week, it is with pleasure that we showcase her interview answers, and her incredible work.
Re-elected as Deputy Leader for a second two-year term in 2016, she works nationwide on a wide range of social and environmental issues, with a focus on women’s rights, flooding, climate change and community resilience.
We particularly admire the passion that she dedicates not only to creating a more equal, sustainable society by means of policy, but also in her work with smaller organisations and businesses. And we look forward to hearing about her inspirational dedication and views next week. For now, here are her #WomenWeSalute2018 responses:
What do you envisage to be the biggest environmental challenge of 2018?
To ensure that the debate about the environment doesn’t continue to focus on choices made by individuals, but becomes a message of systemic change driven by people as well as business and government.
The systemic environmental failures that we face are not going to be changed by tinkering around the edges of a broken system.
What is your top piece of advice for young female entrepreneurs in the green industries?
Never forget that you are often the most important person in each room.
By being a young woman working on something you are passionate about you are ensuring that the world we are building doesn’t look like the world of the past – and you are a powerful person through that alone.
Finally, which woman, friend, family or famous, has inspired you most?
Sian Berry, Green Party London Assembly Member.
When Sian ran in the 2008 mayoral campaign she proved what young women can achieve when they are given a platform. The issues that she raised, the passion in which she delivered her message, and the impact she had was above and beyond what her rivals were achieving. She proved to me the power of being a young woman in a space traditionally dominated by older men.
Amelia Womack, Deputy Leader of the Green Party
Amelia’s three years as Green Party deputy leader have seen her work across the country, visiting hundreds of local campaigns, events and organisations. She works to raise awareness of local issues while campaigning for change on a national level. She was elected in 2014 at the age of 29, while still a member of the Young Greens, and has used this platform to highlight problems affecting young people, from tuition fees to zero hour contracts. She holds a BSc in Environmental Biology and MSc in Environmental Technology. She works across a wide range of social and environmental issues, with a focus on women’s rights, flooding, climate change and community resilience. @Amelia_Womack