Nicola Peel brings to Green Culture her skills and experience as an award winning environmentalist and solutionist, with more than 20 years’ experience working in the Ecuadorian Amazon and UK. Her focus is on discovering practical solutions and inspiring others to take action.
In the UK Nicola is the co founder of the South East Climate Alliance (SECA), a coalition of over 80 local environmental, community and faith groups from the South East of England uniting for urgent action on climate change. Having achieved SECA’s initial aim of getting District and County Councils across the region to declare a Climate Emergency, SECA is now focusing on keeping up pressure on councils to take climate action, and on helping SECA members link up, share ideas, and be more effective together in catalysing climate action.
Nicola speaks nationally and international on the challenges of environmental sustainability and the creation of grassroots solutions to problems left behind by global corporations.
In the Ecuadorian Amazon Nicola’s work includes: founding The Amazon Mycorenewal Project (bringing scientists together to work on remediation of oil spills using fungi and bacteria); building rainwater systems for indigenous families who are currently drinking contaminated water due to the oil industry; teaching agroforestry to stop the slash and burn of the rain forests; showing how to deal with plastic by turning rubbish into a resource; and creating the documentary ‘Blood of the Amazon’, showing the contamination caused by the oil industry and its’ effect on indigenous people and the environment. Her Ecuadorian experience means that climate justice is at the forefront of her thinking.
Nicola is also a strong advocate for empowering individuals to take personal action.