Ellen Salter

I am a final year Geography (BA) student at Nottingham University; and the President and Founder of the University of Nottingham Sustainability Society. 

"The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that somebody else will save it."

For as long as I can remember, I have been passionate about sustainability; with its beguiling simplicity and flexibility. Sustainability, like many contemporary theories and practices, can be understood in a number of ways: environmentally, socially, culturally, politically and psychologically. It can be adapted and expanded, and in its own right, it can become a philosophy to which we centre our beliefs and our morals about the world, and the way in which we preserve and maintain it for future generations.

I became interested in the concept when I was just nine years old, and I reluctantly watched “The Day After Tomorrow” with my family. After initial unwillingness, I began watching the film, and its themes struck a chord with me. I started to consider the extent of our selfish anthropocentric actions that I, in a fit of angered bewilderment, (and the heavy rain), placed posters around my local area urging people to switch off the lights and to use less water. Of course, as a nine year old struggling to make sense of the world, I was initially captured by the personal-environmental perspective of sustainability; and this inspired my later behaviours. However, as I began to discover more about sustainability, I realised although each individual can make a profound difference; the sustainable movement cannot be a unitary approach, and thus should not be tackled alone. For this reason, amongst many others, I would love to become an Ambassador, and to promote sustainability initiatives and ideas to enhance collective participation in our sustainable movement.

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