Hello! My name is Helen Breewood.
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For a long time, I’ve felt that the world isn’t working as well as it could. Why are some countries and people so much poorer than others? Why do we burn fossil fuels when we know that they change the climate? Why does anyone starve when there’s more than enough food for everyone?
Wanting to know more, I studied chemical engineering, which taught me about turning raw materials into useful products while protecting the planet. I then worked on the project that made the world’s first lab-grown burger. I also did a postgraduate degree, researching the environmental impacts caused by food supply chains. I now work as a research assistant for the Food Climate Research Network.
I found that many problems are related. It’s not enough to look at social, environmental, economic, political and technological issues separately. They all affect each other, often in unexpected ways. It can be difficult to pinpoint root causes. Proposed solutions often have unintended consequences.
Furthermore, many problems are systemic, caused by the overarching organisation of society. Simply changing your own lifestyle, although often important, is not always enough.
I also found that lots of people are creating exciting ways to build a fairer world.
Now, I have two goals.
First, I want to make it easier to understand why things are going wrong. I’ll do this by exploring how different global issues connect and summarising key concepts that can help to make sense of the world.
Second, and perhaps more important, I want to discover what the most effective solutions might be and spread the word about the work being done to make the world a better place for everyone.