Welcome to the our second Sustainable Human of Guelph blog series! This blog features individuals in the Guelph community, who exemplify sustainable lifestyles and a passion for creating change!
This week’s featured individual is Emma Fox! Emma is a third year Environmental Governance student who is super passionate about sustainable lifestyles! Emma ALWAYS has a smile on her face and an optimistic attitude! She is what other people in her program would call “professional hippie chic”. She was nominated because of her consistent sustainable choices she makes everyday as well as her involvement with the planning of this year’s Sustainability Week (March 19th-25th).
I had the pleasure of interviewing Emma and the following questions and answers are her responses!
- What is your sustainability pet peeve?
“DISPOSABLE ONE-USE CUPS!!! You could make mountains with the amount of wasteful cups that are thrown out everyday. Large corporations like Starbucks and Tim Horton’s make little to no effort in creating cups that can be recycled or composted. People spend more money buying large coffees, when if they brought their own reusable mug they are only charged the size of a small. Tim Horton’s even promotes the use of their disposable cups through “roll up the rim.” You would think that these money making companies could direct some spending into environmental matters but no – corporate greed wins overall.”
- What are you involved with on campus? “I am involved in running Sustainability Week 2018, and I am a part of my program society Environmental Governance.”
- Can you talk a bit about your role in Sustainability Week and your day? What do you hope people take out of your day?
“My role for Sustainability Week this year is planning Friday March 23rd, and running social media. The Friday is based around UN SDG number 12: Responsible Production and Consumption. I will be hosting a Sustainability Fair with so many amazing companies like One Species, Outpost Vintage, the Truth Beauty company and many more local or large companies. Each company shows in some way that they are ethical and sustainable. There will be coffee, music, and more! I am also having a zero-waste workshop run by Kelsey Walker of Environmental Governance. This will challenge people to think outside the box and realize becoming Zero-Waste does not have to be a chore. I have also been working day and night to promote Sustainability Week on Instagram and Facebook (like and follow us!!!), because I care so much about what we are doing, and I think everyone can benefit and take away a lot from the several inspiring events we will be having. Caring about the environment is everything. We need it to survive, we need our planet to thrive, otherwise the human race will not exist. Simple as that. Sometimes our consumer driven society forgets to appreciate what the environment does for us, and what it is worth other than profit.”
- What is an issue you are super passionate about? “An issue that I am super passionate about is animal welfare. Not only is this beef loving society killing innocent animals who don’t want to die, the meat industry is also killing our planet! Cows produce methane, a potent greenhouse gas, and their mass production emits it at alarming rates. In addition, beef production is the most water reliant food production process, and uses excessive amounts of water. The dairy industry is also an ethical monstrosity. That cow is not your mother, you do not need the milk that comes from her utters. Her child does. But where is that child? Gone, slaughtered for veil or put into the same system as her mom. People are profiting from animal abuse and enjoying it too. It’s and ethical and environmental issue that needs to stop.”
- What would be your dream future career after graduating? “I would say I don’t have a dream career. All I know is that I want to keep fighting for what I believe in and learn as much as possible along the way. I want to spread my knowledge and opinion as far as it will go, and learn more about this beautiful planet of ours and the beautiful people in it.”
Be sure to follow Emma Fox’s work encouraging ethical consumption and responsible consumerism by following the University of Guelph’s Sustainability Week on Instagram and Facebook at @guelphsustainabilityweek or University of Guelph Sustainability Week 2018! If you are also super passionate about responsible consumption make sure to attend Emma’s events on Friday March 23rd!