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Carrie Cort Painting the town green

With the support of her community, here is how one mother made it her mission to save the planet

Can one person really make a difference? Carrie Cort certainly proves you can, as her dedication to create a better planet and encourage eco-friendly lifestyles grabbed the attention and efforts of her county, leading to the creation of the Sussex Green Living Network. It all started in 2008, when Carrie became a mum and was increasingly concerned about the Earth and her son’s future. “I started getting depressed about climate change, so I set up the group in 2012. It was my night job whilst working three days as a director of a family run business with a four year old son. In 2014, I exited the corporate world to follow my passion and heart. I am a mum on a mission and an unstoppable mission at that!”

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Hello, What makes a home? Is it where your family is? The town you grew up in? Or maybe it’s wherever you lay your hat? After years of moving around to different cities, taking different jobs and making different groups of friends, I’ve realised that home can take many forms throughout your life. My nan’s house watching Gladiators and Blind Date with my brother was home. The campervan that housed all my worldly possessions when travelling in Australia was (a very tiny) home. The London flat share with my best girlfriend in my 20s was home. The house I grew up in will always sound, smell and feel like home. And I hope I still have many homes left to discover. This month I’ve read so many stories of ‘home’ – from foster parents, the elderly, my colleagues and the communities striving to make the displaced feel safe and welcome. I’ve spoken to the people who attempt to make their towns a better place for all to live in, the ones who say ‘yes’ and go the extra mile to help other people. I’ve learned about places where neighbours are friends, not anonymous nuisances, and those who are happy and comfortable living alone. A home forms part of your identity and that’s a lot more than just bricks and mortar – it’s the people you love and the community you’re surrounded by that underpin it all. Enjoy the issue, Phillipa Editor