From plastic pollution to climate breakdown, the more you know about how f****d the planet is, the more confusing life gets.
As a mindful individual, you're probably aware your actions have impacts. And you're probably looking for ways to limit them. But you've probably found this can lead to a crisis of conscience with every action you take, from buying bananas to choosing how to travel.
So Livvy and Jess, both sustainability consultants and advocates of green lifestyles launched Woke & Confused to delve into modern dilemmas, explore the latest news and investigate 'greenwash' in an amusing podcast that gets to the heart of what it means to be a woke millennial in a changing climate.
Think the Guilty Feminist for environmentalists!
Like many British pre-teen girls growing up in the early 90s, Jess’ environmental obsession started with collecting animal soap figurines from the Body Shop* and watching Captain Planet.
She spent her formative years living in Indonesia and by the age of 12, she'd learned about the greenhouse effect; met and cuddled orang-utans orphaned by deforestation; and waded through plastic pollution washed up on beaches in Bali. She knew then that she had to to be a part of the solution.
Since then, she's spent her whole working life exploring ways to save the world (and she's still looking). From summers spent picking up recycling at Glastonbury festival to winters taking courses in woodland management and permaculture, Jess is an avid organic gardener, systems thinker and self-confessed sustainability geek.
She makes a living as an independent consultant helping businesses (mainly B Corps) to become more sustainable.
* Shout out to the coconut polar bear!
From around the age of 7 or 8 Livvy has been worrying about endangered animals, collecting recycling and asking her parents to put bricks in the toilet to save water.
In her early 30s after experiencing a full lunar eclipse and snorkelling in the Great Barrier Reef, Livvy had a moment when she re-connected with her inner eco-child and realised she should be spending her working life tackling environmental issues and particularly waste.
This has led to working in sustainability within the festival industry, tackling plastics and food waste wherever they arise, and using the principles of behaviour change to understand environmental issues.
Livvy has taken many measures to reduce her own personal footprint to understand the challenges we will face to decarbonise our society.
Livvy regularly delivers talks on waste, reuse and behaviour change, as well as hosting an annual Lent Plastic Challenge.