BY KATIE - MYGREENPOD, 12 Mar '18

WEN interviews Amelia Womack for a series celebrating ambitious female leaders in the green industry

It’s an important time for WEN (the Women’s Environmental Network), with International Women’s Day on Thursday and tomorrow’s book launch of Why Women Will Save the Planet II (at WEN Forum, 13 March). This makes now the perfect time to share the next interview in WEN’s #WomenWeSalute2018 series.

The series celebrates the wonderfully inspirational women in the green industries, who are taking both their and future generations’ futures into their own hands.

Women we salute

Upcoming interviews include Tina Rothery, Vicki Hird and Nat Van Zee, and this week WEN has spoken to Amelia Womack who, in 2016, was re-elected deputy leader of the Green Party of England and Wales for a second two-year term.

Amelia works on a wide range of national social and environmental issues, with a particular focus on women’s rights, flooding, climate change and community resilience.

WEN particularly admires the passion that Amelia dedicates not only to creating a more equal, sustainable society by means of policy, but also in her work with smaller organisations and businesses.

WEN’s Amelia Womack interview

What do you envisage to be the biggest environmental challenge of 2018?

To ensure that the debate about the environment doesn’t continue to focus on choices made by individuals, but becomes a message of systemic change driven by people as well as business and government. The systemic environmental failures that we face are not going to be changed by tinkering around the edges of a broken system.

What is your top piece of advice for young female entrepreneurs in the green industries?

Never forget that you are often the most important person in each room. By being a young woman working on something you are passionate about, you are ensuring that the world we are building doesn’t look like the world of the past – and you are a powerful person through that alone.

Finally, which woman, friend, family or famous, has inspired you most?

Sian Berry, Green Party London Assembly Member. When Sian ran in the 2008 mayoral campaign she proved what young women can achieve when they are given a platform. The issues that she raised, the passion with which she delivered her message, and the impact she had was above and beyond what her rivals were achieving. She proved to me the power of being a young woman in a space traditionally dominated by older men.