By Eilidh Robb
Hi I’m Eilidh, the latest campaigns intern at Food & Water Europe in Belgium.
I’m originally from Scotland, where I have spent most of my life, and where I completed my undergraduate degree in Geography and my master’s degree in Global Environmental Law and Governance. This academic background helped shape my experience in the environmental world, but it wasn’t until I started campaigning that I really began to understand the extent of the fight on climate change. By campaigning with the UK Youth Climate Coalition (UKYCC), a group of youth volunteers across the UK, I’ve contributed to national, international, and global campaigns, allowing me to gain invaluable insight into the complexities of activism and lobbying. Through this work I have campaigned against fracking in the UK and the gas supply chain internationally, and I’ve contributed to work highlighting the vested interests of fossil fuel companies while attending the UNFCCC Climate Change negotiations in 2017 and 2018. My role as Communications Coordinator has also taught me useful leadership lessons and has allowed me to better navigate the chaos of social media – a skill I hope to bring to Food & Water Europe.
Similarly, in October 2018 I attended Campaign Bootcamp, a residential week of training for campaigners across the UK which sought to break down structural oppressions and build up effective and passionate campaigners. This experience challenged my approach to campaigning (for the better) and I can’t wait to put what I learned into practice. Through all this work I have met many so many inspiring environmentalists and activists, and I feel very privileged to get the chance to work with more here at Food & Water Europe. I cannot wait to see what the next six months bring and am particularly excited to campaign against gas at the European level.