This week, just ahead of World Environment Day, we had the pleasure of interviewing Fabienne Jautard, RegASK Client Engagement Manager, who is a sustainability advocate with a strong passion and plenty of activities in environmental protection. In this interview, Fabienne shares her belief and wisdom to inspire us to live a more sustainable life.
Read on to learn more!
1. What’s your role and what do you do at RegASK?
I joined RegASK six months ago as the Client Engagement Manager. Being the first point of contact with clients, I bridge the gap between their requirements and RegASK products and provide various support throughout the customer journey.
2. Why are you passionate about sustainability and when did you start?
I believe we have responsibilities for what’s happening on our planet. When I learned about climate change, drought, floods, forest fire, and other environmental disasters, I became very eco-conscious and had eco-anxiety. About three years ago, I decided to act and make a positive impact on our planet by changing the way I live and consume.
3. Tell us more about the activities and initiatives that you have done to protect our planet.
I’m a member of the MATCHA initiative, an NGO created by a group of individuals who are actively sharing best practices and connecting people to raise public awareness of environmental protection. The members come from different walks of life, including researchers, entrepreneurs, professionals, parents, and other citizens. We gather every month to share insights and discuss how we can contribute more to the environment. I also wrote articles for the MATCHA initiative on how to be more sustainable in your daily life.
4. What are your recommendations for people to have a more sustainable life?
People need to realize that the way we live can lead to climate disasters such as floods and forest fires, but we can have a positive impact on our planet by changing our lifestyle and buying behaviors. Rather than waiting for government actions, we as individuals can proactively take steps to protect our environment.
Start with little green steps. Food production accounts for 35% of total greenhouse gas emissions, you cannot become vegan overnight however you can gradually lower meat intake to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions related to agriculture.
Set your own target. For example, my driver to start a plant-based diet is to lower my carbon footprint, other people may focus on recycling and reducing waste. If you are at the workplace, bring your own reusable container to reduce plastic usage, when you buy coffee at Starbucks bring your own reusable cup.
Consume less, consume responsibly, and consume mindfully. We are over-consuming most of the time, ask yourself before buying something: do I really need it? Ask what is behind the products you are going to purchase: are they produced with unsustainable materials? What are the workers’ conditions? Instead of buying new products, you could consider reusing your old products or buying second-hand goods.
I also recommend people join like-minded community groups to exchange ideas and best practices. If you are parents, you may also educate your children to live eco-friendly and respect the environment.