Communicating the Cause

CAT is currently recruiting for some lovely long-term volunteers to join us here in mid-Wales. Are you looking to gain experience in woodland management, horticulture or marketing? CAT has five or six-month placements in these areas and we are recruiting in a rolling basis. If you are interested in applying then check out our volunteering website.

Yesterday we looked at the role of the Gardens Volunteer and the day before that it was the turn of the Water and Natural Resources Volunteers. Up today:

Media and Marketing Volunteer

Who better to discuss the role than Richard, a former Media & Marketing / ZCB Communications volunteer:

Richard, a former Media and Marketing volunteer

“I’ve always been interested in environmental issues and actually visited CAT back in the early nineties! I was a little shorter then though. So, having lived in London for almost seven years, I decided to move to mid-Wales and get involved as a long-term volunteer.

It proved to be an unforgettable but somewhat surreal experience…

I volunteered as media and marketing liaison for the Zero Carbon Britain (ZCB) project. My average day, if you can call any day at CAT average, involved working closely with the ZCB researchers, meeting like-minded individuals and leaving for home with my pockets stuffed full of organic vegetables – yum! I certainly wasn’t expecting to be sharing my desk-space with an overly curious robin. It’s not something that tends to happen in an office unless you’re Doctor Doolittle, Santa Claus or Batman.

Volunteering at CAT offered a great chance to be directly involved in promoting sustainable living. I learnt so much that I never expected. This is undoubtedly because of all the different disciplines that CAT is involved with. It’s a holistic hot-pot!

A great benefit for volunteers is getting involved in the short courses that CAT runs. Taking part in the sustainable woodland management course got me hooked on learning as much as I could. So much so that I still help in CAT’s woods when I can, despite working five days a week at CAT’s visitor centre.

Donating my time for the ZCB project also exposed me to so much amazing information about climate change and energy issues. The team isn’t enclosed in a stuffy research faculty but are communicating with the public on a daily basis, be it graduate students or visitors. The team take their research seriously and working in this unique environment lends the project a strong sense of community.

It is this aspect of environmentalism that gets forgotten all too often in research: community. The change towards renewable energy can benefit local communities and if the shift can also create jobs then the transition will be a lot smoother.

When you sit down – or should that be stand up – and look at the technology that already exists, it suddenly becomes clear that a completely renewable infrastructure is not just possible, but a necessity.

CAT has a unique role to play. Why not get involved yourself? I promise the robins aren’t that bad!”

Visit the volunteering website for more information about this placement.