Environmental campaigner and Wokingham dad David Lamont shares his story so far about his mission to help us all heal the planet as we launch his monthly column
Last year was a tipping point for our family, as much as it hopefully was for our planet and attitudes towards climate change. From David Attenborough to Greta Thunberg, generation-defining speeches brought home the immediacy of the challenge that we all face.
On a personal note, they made us angry, sad, scared and, most importantly, determined. To do what we can to help the cause, even in a small way.
That is why we decided – in December 2018 – to set up an online community to raise awareness of the challenges we all face and to share ideas and information on how we can all make changes in our everyday lives.
At the beginning we aimed for an audience of 100 people and to help inspire a single positive change. Since then, our website and Facebook page have achieved a monthly reach of one million people, with a highly engaged following spanning more than 20 countries.
We have appeared on BBC Radio Berkshire, online and in regional magazines and newspapers. We’ve also been invited to speak to groups ranging from the National Women’s Register (NWR) and schools to the Rainbows and Scouts and engaged in events and initiatives run by local authorities.
But most importantly, we value and appreciate the daily interaction with followers, putting across their points of view, sharing their ideas or feeding back on successful changes they have made; many as a result of following Plastic Free Home.
We’re delighted that you can now also find us here in your local monthly Round & About magazine, which reaches more than 560,000 homes across eight counties. We look forward to bringing you content ranging from interviews with leading environmental brands and those closest to the challenges, to advice and suggestions regarding easy and affordable changes you can make in everyday life.
A couple of months ago, we wrote to Sir David to thank him for inspiring us, like many others, and we were both touched and amazed to receive a handwritten response endorsing our efforts just a week later. Like you, we are just normal, everyday people and a regular family, trying to make a difference. Let’s do this!