Pondero Newbury – Sustainability: How to green your life
In the face of the looming environmental crisis, people often wonder: what difference can I as just one person make? Sustainability coach, Lucy Johnson, talks about consumer power and how a new generation of stylish, conscious brands is making a sustainable lifestyle an increasingly attractive option. She drills down into what changes matter: how to reduce your carbon footprint by 30% and the principles of the 4Cs of success in transitioning to a greener life, looking in depth at how we can apply these principles to our lives. Habits only stick if we enjoy them, so she looks at how to use the brain’s reward system to reinforce new sustainable habits that enhance a feeling of agency and inspire us to play our part in repairing the planet.
Lucy Johnson is the founder and CEO of Green Salon, the UK’s first sustainable lifestyle consultancy. She is also one of Britain’s first sustainability coaches, working with people to give their homes and lives stylish green makeovers. Green Salon offers unique and tailored guidance to individuals on how to make their lives greener and supports them in transforming eco-overwhelm into a sense of personal agency and optimism about tackling the climate crisis. Her work is pioneering a drive to transition away from a carbon-intensive, throw-away lifestyle to a chic, conscious lifestyle, focusing on quality over quantity, through coaching, styling, workshops, talks, articles and a curated collection of gorgeous and truly sustainable brands.
Before starting Green Salon, Lucy was a television journalist for 16 years, covering the environment, politics and foreign affairs for broadcasters including ITN, APTN and the BBC. She spent her early journalistic career looking at the politics of the global energy supply. In 2006, Lucy launched the ‘prototype’ Green Salon, a monthly networking event bringing together eco-entrepreneurs and investors to speed up money flows into green businesses, which ran until 2008 when she trained to become a psychotherapist. She continues to run her own private psychotherapy practice. Lucy has studied the circular economy at the Ellen McArthur Foundation and holds a Certificate in Sustainable Business Strategy from Harvard Business School. She has spent the last two decades reading widely and deeply about sustainability, eco-brands and human psychology. She also lives a low-waste and lower-carbon life herself and has a wealth of personal experience to share with others.
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Pondero talks are run in collaboration with The Really Helpful Club.