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Working for a Sustainable Future

25 Jul 2019
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Natasha Fanshawe (OG 1987-1993)
Natasha Fanshawe (OG 1987-1993)

When I left Prior’s Field, I had no idea what I wanted to do but I did enjoy languages so that’s what I studied at university. My Spanish flourished, first on my year abroad at Salamanca University, then trekking around Peru. By then a fluent Spanish speaker, I found a job as a tour guide, and also met my now husband, Peruvian author, Gunter Silva. The tour guiding led me to run a couple of trips in Patagonia just after Gunter and I were married, and we started our honeymoon in the world’s southernmost city, Ushuaia. From that moment, my dream of visiting Antarctica became a vague possibility and I finally made it in November 2018 when I was given the opportunity to volunteer with 4 Deserts, a company that organises ultramarathons in deserts around the world, Antarctica being the oldest of them all. Antarctica was everything I expected it to be. Travel companies operating down there are doing everything they can to keep the landscape pristine, by not allowing food on land, by talking to visitors about the beauty and fragility of the landscape, and the importance of keeping it that way. Much of what we do there should, and could, be implemented back home: being aware of all the rubbish we produce, the air we pollute, and the water we contaminate can help to change the way we do things. After a week of looking at pristine white and blue in the never-ending landscapes, I was interested to see how I’d react to the green, grey, colourful landscapes back in the real world.

 

The planet is currently suffering with humans’ overconsumption, but Antarctica is still a beautiful, beautiful place…with penguins! I realise the irony of trying to live sustainably and minimising my impact on the planet, while visiting a fragile landscape about as far away as you can get from anywhere but it was definitely an inspiring trip.

And The Future?

I took a leap of faith three years ago and left the comfy world of full-time employment to work on things that aligned more with my values. I set up Light Style Space, a decluttering business, and joined a Start-Up Accelerator run by Escape the City where I met Lisa Matzi. Her deeply rooted belief that we can all do something to live more sustainably was voiced during a conversation between us, and we decided to team up and create a platform to inspire everyone who wanted to join our mission. And The Future? was born. And The Future? was set up to share what we have learned from consciously making sustainable choices. We discovered a different way of living that didn't just

support a more sustainable economy but also made us more resourceful, grateful and happier along the way. And we want to inspire others to do the same and feel like they have a say in what the future will look like. We believe our opinions won't change the world but our actions will.

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