Karen Potter, director of Sustainability Hub https://sustainability-hub.org and ideaXme sustainability ambassador interviews Paula Owen, Ph.D., Founder and CEO of Green Gumption https://greengumption.co.uk and Director and Chief Fun Officer at Eco Action Games. https://ecoactiongames.org.uk.
Paula is a climate change scientist. She is a UK based specialist in energy, carbon and climate change with experience in building and delivering advisory and training services to the public and private sector.
Owen is author of many publications explaining the link between energy, carbon and climate change. She is creator of games to aid behaviour change. Moreover, became a GLA/London SDC London Leader in summer 2012.
She is an accomplished media spokesperson with 10 years experience, a regular on Radio 4’s ‘You & Yours’.
Paula set up her own company in 2010 to work with government departments, charities, national and international NGOs and businesses to help them improve their environmental performances and train staff. Her clients include: DECC, Defra, OFGEM, Big Lottery Fund, Tate Galleries, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Ernst & Young (now EY); EU Commission, EU.BAC, CLASP, Energy UK and Energy Saving Trust.
Eco action games, an education environmental games company, was set up in 2013. It concentrates on the invention and production of simple, social games with environmental messaging that enhances societal awareness of environmental issues and promotes personal action. Published book on ‘How gamification can help your business engage in sustainability’ in 2013 – available from Do Sustainability publishers.
Paula’s charity work includes acting as member of the board of Trustees for charity 10:10, now Possible.
Karen is a passionate project development specialist with extensive experience in designing and delivering new initiatives to promote sustainability, social responsibility, smart energy, green economy and clean tech investment. Highly experienced in government, NGO and public sector communications, building and managing senior stakeholder relations and media engagement.
In this interview Paula shares:
How she came to study climate change chemistry.
How she came to study information science and why.
Whom she would like to meet on her death bed.
Her expertise to make climate change facts “real” for the general public.
What makes her chief influencer special.
How covid-19 will change the aviation industry, possibly to make it more sustainable.
Global air emissions – ground source level and higher carbon dioxide emission (planetary).
That she is interested to see post covid-19, as a comparison, the reduction in deaths due to decreased emissions (people not travelling) and deaths due to covid-19.
Interview credits: Karen Potter, ideaXme sustainability ambassador. Please note Karen Potter is now director of Sustainability Hub and not project director.
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