Introduction to our founder Carrie Cort
I set up Sussex Green Living out of concern for the way we humans are treating the planet which sustains us. With motherhood in 2008 came concern about environmental sustainability and a burning desire to learn how we can live more environmentally friendly lifestyles, in harmony with nature.
I have always had a passion for the countryside, animals and the natural environment. Most of my career has been spent in marketing and communications, mainly within education and the landbased industries, latterly using the power of video communications. In an effort to help create a climate for change I decided to use my knowledge and digital skills to share ideas which anyone can adopt, saving money and the planet.
I’m not an expert, just an ordinary person who is on a greening journey and wanting to pass on what I’ve learnt to others. Let’s all make some simple changes, become more resilient and try to lead simpler, less materialistic and consumerist way of life.
Going back to my roots…….At sixth form college my favorite subject was environmental studies. After studying at the Hampshire College of Agriculture, I followed a number of careers, including several jobs in further education – Merrist Wood Agriculture College and Brinsbury College for the Landbased Industries. A few years ago I undertook a fantastic Open University home study course on ‘The Environment.’
Waste Prevention training
In March 2012 I completed a course delivered by Dr Ryan Woodard from Brighton University on Waste Prevention, the goal being to encourage people to live a more environmentally-friendly and sustainable life-style. The course is developed and funded by West Sussex County Council and aims to drive forwards behavioural and cultural change within the community. At the end of the course I achieved a First-Class Honours 83%! I am now a Waste Prevention Advisor volunteer and benefit from regular CPD training. More information about this course (now online) can be found here.
Al Gore Climate Reality Leadership Corp training
In March 2016 I was invited to attend the Climate Reality Leadership Corp programme in Manila, Philippines. The programme takes great leaders and makes them exceptional, providing the training in climate science, communications, and organising to tell the story of climate change and inspire communities everywhere to take action. The training is delivered by Al Gore, renowned climate scientists and communicators.
The Climate Reality Leaders aim to educates and inspire individuals and organisations on climate change awareness and action as part of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps. I am now one of almost 10,000 Climate Reality Leaders (as of March 2016) working worldwide inspiring people to live more in harmony with planet earth. You can learn more about the Climate Reality presentations and talks we offer here.
Sussex Green Living awards
- Business Matters – won the Going Green Award in 2012 and 2013.
- Southern Business – Highly Commended for the Going Green Award 2012.
- BBC Surrey & Sussex Community Hero – Green Champion 2015. Listen to the BBC interview and event proceedings here.
- WWF Earth Hour – shortlisted as their Community Hero 2017, my son won their KS2 Climate Challenge poster competition, resulting in attendance at the WWF Earth Hour Parliamentary reception.
- Business Green Leaders Awards – Shortlisted as NGO of the Year 2017.
Sussex Wildlife Trust and RSPB of course.
Sussex Environmental Educator’s Forum. This forum meets quarterly and is made up of individuals, wildlife charities and educational providers, who are working together to provide environmental and sustainability support to schools, colleges and youth groups in Sussex. Find out more here.
Sustainability and Environmental Education. SEEd is a registered charity that identifies, promotes, enables and supports environmental education and education for sustainable development in the UK.
The Wild Network. This is a growing movement of over a thousand organisations and thousands of individuals who are passionate about getting kids outdoors. Find out more here. Download the Wild Time App
As we know there is an increasing trend for children to become disconnected from the natural environment, becoming entombed indoors with; television, computers, the internet and games consoles. This trend can be rebalanced, reconnecting us with Mother Nature and Father Sky, let us as families nurture Sussex Green Living and Planet Earth.
We want you, the people of Sussex, to take some ownership of the site.
Forward your suggestions for events, videos, parks and green spaces etc. to be added to “your” site.