As a result of RFTL my life has changed; my friendships grown wider, my understanding and awareness of climate change and our responsibility as healthcare providers has expanded. The ride itself and the planning was an experience which brought many people together, as a result we have learnt from and encouraged one another in our activist journeys. Persuaded to stand as a staff governor, I was elected on a sustainability platform which allowed me to be, literally, at the table to talk to and influence senior managers about sustainability in the hospital. Through further learning, events, and activities as a result of the ride, I worked on a project which led to a grant application and national and international conferences about a small change I had made a work. Sustainability has become more central in my work and life and now a focus more on sustainability has led to a successful appointment as a Chief Sustainability Officer’s Clinical Fellowship for a year.
More than all these things, I feel that we have become and team which is more effective than the sum of our parts – our influence is helped by connection and inspiration personally and in our sustainability journey