AwareNow: Issue 18: The Outside Edition

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‘GLOBAL GOOD’ EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW SERIES BY TANITH HARDING

MORE TIME IN THE WILD

ABBIE’S MISSION TO CREATE LASTING CHANGE

Abbie Barnes has been producing films since the age of 13 with her first short film, about the devastating effects of palm oil production, opening up opportunities such as speaking in the European Parliament to MEPs about the importance of ingredient labels on products. Since then her work has gained national and international recognition including a Global Youth Award in 2018 and opportunities to produce films for companies and events including United Nations and Jurassic Coast UNESCO team. Her brand continues to grow with a range of products and podcast and she joins us today to share her journey.

Tanith: Abbie you’ve been making films raising environmental awareness and encouraging people to step outside since the age of 13, what made you decide that filming was the avenue you wanted to take?

Abbie: I started filming at a young age because I was passionate about nature. I wanted to be a wildlife filmmaker but gradually, my passion fell into environmental conservation, I started to learn about different issues across the planet and felt fire within me to do something about it. I started by talking to the camera about palm oil and that won the film competition which got me to the European Parliament to talk about the issue.

MORE TIME IN THE WILD

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH ABBIE BARNES

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