Holly Thomas

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Hello everyone! I'm Holly, a 25 year old masters student from the U.K.! I'm in my last year of Governance of Sustainability at Leiden, prior to which I studied literature at Edinburgh - so a big shift in subject! My bachelor in literature perhaps comes as a bit of a surprise for someone pursuing sustainability but it is the source of my analytical approach to the subject. My current studies focus on large organisational bodies tackling the environmental crisis but personally I find dissecting the motivations of individuals and their actions much more compelling! At the risk of sounding pretentious, I’ll refer to Nietzsche who says that to deserve respect, a philosopher must preach by example and I believe that if we are to demand change of governments/corporations, we must first assume as much change as possible ourselves. 

Aside from my studies and sustainability, I love team sports and exercising my creative, arty side. I'm looking forward to seeing how the LDE CfS for Students can grow this year!

The topic of sustainability is weaving itself into the fabric of everyday life. For me, acting sustainably and promoting awareness gives a greater purpose of being that extends beyond oneself. 

Sustainability Tip

My top sustainability tip: Make it a gradual process! Set a day, a week or a month (!) to implement a sustainable change into your lifestyle. E.g. going vegan, taking only sustainable transport, zero plastic groceries. By having an end in sight, the shift to a more sustainable lifestyle can be made less daunting.

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