My name is Tiffany, and I'm a 26-year-old author, artist and environmentalist from the South Downs in Hampshire.
Like so many people, I spent early adulthood wanting to be a hundred different things: a poet, painter, writer, author, academic, conservationist, activist. For a long time I felt pressured to be only one thing - something I could squeeze into a job title or Instagram bio, and it wasn't until I left social media in 2018 that I finally felt free of the need to conform to a label. When my life was no longer compressed into 140 characters, I started to embrace the concoction of things I wanted to be, and in March 2018, when my first book was published, I left full time employment to pursue a freelance career in creativity and environmentalism.
I believe that nurturing a connection with nature is an integral part of the human experience, and I'm passionate about unearthing the narratives hidden within our landscapes. Whilst studying for my MA in English Literature at UCL, I read an essay by Lynn White Jr. called The Historical Roots of Our Ecological Crisis. It changed the way I see the world and made me realise that we had not always behaved so destructively. I later read Silent Spring by Rachel Carson and Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari, both life-changing books that convinced me that, at its core, human nature is not destructive. We have simply allowed greed and consumerism to corrupt us, and there is no reason why we cannot return to a less violent, less ignorant, more peaceful way of life, coexisting with other species and improving our own wellbeing.
Having grown up in the South Downs, I later lived in Bristol and London before returning to rural Hampshire. I now work from my home studio where I live with my drummer fiancé Dave, our Spanish rescue dog Pablo and lots of plants.
I follow a vegan, minimalist lifestyle to rebalance my relationship with the planet and improve my own health and wellbeing. The damage we have done to the environment is still reversible, and I believe that by changing our habits we can revitalise the earth. To do this, we must keep an open mind, educate ourselves and inspire others to protect what we love.
I love travelling to new places, listening to different languages, and opening my mind to new perspectives, and in my spare time I like cooking, river swimming, watching Poirot and riding the family horse across the Downs. I am also a member of the British Trust for Ornithology and Hampshire Wildlife Trust.