Nottingham Greenspeaker – Cath Sutherland
Cath is a Greenspeaker based in Nottingham and she is happy to deliver Greenpeace presentations in the surrounding area. If you would like to contact Cath, to request she speaks at an upcoming event, then please complete the form below.
I’m nearly 60! I do a number of things to earn money, but mainly fundraising, and conducting non-religious funerals for the British Humanist Association.
There is no doubt in my mind that trying to get the human race to tackle climate change is the most urgent and important task facing us. I watched the news in dismay over the last 20 years as politician after politician weakly follow the opinion polls when deciding what policies to put forward. As soon as I had any spare time I started going to local Greenpeace activities, about 5 years ago.
I have been in various campaigns and political movements through my life, such as the ‘Anti Nazi League’, CND. So I feel at home in Greenpeace with other people who are interested in ‘the bigger picture’. They are generally people who think about things rather than just accepting that the typical way of life we lead now is the way it should be.
I chose Greenpeace from the various environmental campaign groups because I think the single most important thing we need to do is to get the general public to realize that big changes are needed and that they need to start demanding those changes. Greenpeace is brilliant at getting the message across in ways that are funny and striking and not ‘preachy’.
Since I have been involved I have done numerous stalls, I’ve been to see my MP a couple of times, I’ve handed out leaflets outside shops, and done things in shops that Greenpeace is targeting, and I’ve been on a couple of ‘actions’. The actions are definitely the most exciting and motivating – as well as scary! I was very lucky to be invited to go to an action in Brussels in 2011 where Greenpeace activists chained themselves across the entrances to a conference centre. Standing there as the police raised and swung a massive sledgehammer to break the chains was nerve-wracking, but luckily the Belgian police were very nice..