Name: Clare Jaques
Where I live: Cirencester, UK
What I do: Run a website called Veg Box Recipes. Our aim is to make it easy for people to choose organic, seasonal, local food. There are tried-and-tested recipes, a full picture gallery, to help you identify “mystery” veggies, info on how to choose a veg box scheme and contact details for box schemes, farm shops and farmers’ markets. It also includes topical articles on the latest green discussions and even has a “Kid’s box” section, with ideas to help you get little ones involved in eating seasonal food.
When not running the site, I write for magazines and websites, but most of my time is spent looking after my toddler – and all the challenges and smiles he brings to life!
What I’ll be talking about on GGG: I’ll be talking about food – the great food miles debate, organic vs. non-organic, seasonal vs. exotic and how to eat according to your conscience – however far you want to take it. And I’ll also be covering the dilemmas involved in raising a “green” child. From nappies and toys through to clothes and holidays, there’s a world of opinions out there. And being green can involve tough decisions.
What I won’t be doing is preaching. I believe everyone has to make up their own mind about what’s right for them, it’s not about beating yourself up. But I do hope to provoke some discussion!
What inspires me: People who inspire others to change their lives for the better. There’s a big difference between steam-rollering someone and truly inspiring them to choose to change. And it takes guts to stand up there and be counted. I’m also inspired by sunrises, sunsets and spectacular scenery. I’ve got a big thing about mountains – the fresh air, the challenge and the views.
Who I look up to and respect: There are many people who I could name here, but the one who is most often in my thoughts is my friend Ping. He showed everyone who knew him how to live life to the full. He was always so positive, full of energy and compassionate. Though he died a few years ago at the age of 30, he still reminds us how precious life is and that, no matter how dark the clouds seem, it’s up to us whether we can see the sunshine behind them.
What I want for the future: Fresh air. Fresh food. Fresh water. Fun. I want my children to enjoy living on a planet that is cared for and respected by its occupants. I want us all to understand how even the smallest actions can make a difference.
One last thing: I can’t wait to get to know you all better, to hear your views, opinions and ideas. Green Girls Global is about doing whatever you can; you don’t have to be 100% green. Even baby steps are enough to start making the world a better place.