Masterclass: How to be Sustainable(ish) with Jen Gale


Making a difference to your individual environmental impact doesn’t have to mean living off-grid or surviving on seeds and berries. This Future Food Movement masterclass with Sustainable(ish) founder Jen Gale is a much needed-reminder that we can only do what we can, one step at a time.  

The climate crisis can feel overwhelming, and in the face of so many doom and gloom headlines it’s easy to fall into ‘why bother?’ ways of thinking. As Jen Gale, author of The Sustainable(ish) Living Guide and The Sustainable(ish) Guide to Green Parenting says, “It’s no surprise we end up questioning whether what we do really makes a difference.” But, she stresses, it does. 

Jen – who describes herself as an “ordinary knackered mum of two” – heads up online community Sustainable(ish), which has grown to more than 60,000 members who are all involved in taking “imperfect eco action”.  

After opening the session with some alarming climate statistics, Jen notes that “everything we do in this decade will have a profound impact on the future”, and that while “we have created the climate problem, we can also be the solution”. 

“The things you do create ripples,” she says. “You’re never making a change in isolation – what you do is seen by other people. It sparks conversations. It normalises behaviours. And that’s powerful.” 

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