What is GreenDen?

If you are reading, watching or listening to the news regularly, it’s easy to feel desperate and powerless about the state of the planet. Never have we known more about the impact of our consumption behaviours on our climate, the environment and the species that inhabit it. But politicians globally seem to be further than ever away to committing to any real change and many of the biggest polluting corporations seem to be content with going about business as usual.

You might be taking your your reusable water bottle wherever you go, but in the scheme of things it can be difficult to see how these small daily choices make a real difference.

But there is hope! Around the world there’s a growing community of activists, scientists, entrepreneurs, thinkers and storytellers that have dedicated their lives to tackling the causes of climate change, mitigating its impact, building a more sustainable economy and are fighting to bring critically endangered species back from the brink of extinction. On GreenDen, we will portrait some of these people and their extraordinary efforts – in the hope to inspire others to make a difference in their local community and therefore drive global change.

“What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” — Jane Goodall

About the author

My name is Andrea Hoymann, a German expat living in Sydney, Australia. Having started my career in local journalism, I spent the last 10 years working in various senior marketing roles (and I am currently still working full-time for a tech start-up).

Recently, I have been more and more frustrated with governments’ unwillingness to make any serious moves to protect our planet. But if there’s one thing I learned from working in local journalism, it is that individuals can drive tremendous change in their communities. By telling their stories on GreenDen, I’d like to encourage others to participate and create change in big or small ways.

Header picture by 𝚂𝚒𝚘𝚛𝚊 𝙿𝚑𝚘𝚝𝚘𝚐𝚛𝚊𝚙𝚑𝚢 on Unsplash.