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The kindness catch up with Venetia Falconer

The presenter and podcaster tells us how to get mindful with our consumption

As an activist, vegan, environmentalist and slow fashion advocate, Venetia Falconer champions everything we stand for. Yet, one of the most likeable things about her is how relatable and down-to-Earth she is. Like many of us, she admits she’s not always been the perfect consumer, nor has she always followed a plant-based diet. However, she knows it’s not too late to make a difference. Now, she dedicates her time to teaching others how to do the same, championing how easy ethical living can be.

I started my career in TV as a producer and then started presenting. I did that for a couple of years and it was the best experience ever. While I was doing this, I became vegan and started getting really interested in living more consciously. I felt a little bit frustrated that I couldn’t talk about those sorts of things in the current music-based TV I was appearing on. That soon changed when I started working for a digital content site called Tastemade (tastemade.co.uk). I was able to host recipe demo videos where I could make vegan food and also I was doing low-waste beauty hacks or homemade beauty recipes – that was amazing. I was getting to talk about what I was passionate about and my videos were being seen all around the world rather than just in the UK. I started a YouTube channel to do more of the same, focusing on veganism and I also launched my podcast.

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Hello, If you’d asked me earlier this year what images the Amazon rainforest conjured up in my mind, it would be densely packed, lush green trees, brightly coloured macaws and chatty toucans living alongside speedy squirrel monkeys and majestic jaguars. Perhaps naively, I assumed that the world’s largest rainforest was a constant – a protected part of our natural landscape, somewhere we can all close our eyes and see images of, like the Alps or the river Nile. But, over the last few months, this idyllic picture of the Amazon has been destroyed, replaced with haunting and horrifying images of blazing fires and ominous plumes of smoke. Often described as the lungs of the planet, the Amazon now looks like it’s starting to choke. The anthropogenic impact we have had on some of the most vital natural resources on the planet is really starting to show. The notion of constants is changing, too – our glaciers are melting, our rainforests are being destroyed, our rivers are polluted and our coastlines eroded – the landscape of our planet as we know it looks set to continue to transform and degrade. As bleak a future as I’m describing, it’s not all doom and gloom and there are many things we can do to help. We want the future generations to close their eyes and picture the toucans, not the burning embers of what was once the greatest rainforest on Earth. We need to act, and we need to do it now. Have a great month, Phillipa Editor