Introducing a new team member: Debbie Leigh

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written by

Grace Crabtree

Mar 28, 2022

We're excited to announce a new team member to the New Economy Centre – Debbie Leigh!

What’s your backstory?

I worked for a number of years in social housing in London. I then left for the countryside, started a family, undertook a horticultural apprenticeship and completed a permaculture design course. I've mixed working outdoors with various environmental, food, and community initiatives in Wales: Real Nappy campaign for Sustainable Wales, setting up HubCowbridge - a community network in the town I lived in - being in an organic five-acre market garden worker co-op, Coed Organic, which operated a 60-member vegbox scheme. I also worked with Glamorgan Voluntary Service on a project to improve mental health and wellbeing through volunteering.

What’s your role at Stir to Action?

I am outreach co-ordinator for the New Economy Centre at Selgars Mill.

What other initiatives are you involved in?

I am a facilitator in nature based practice and studying eco-therapy with Natural Academy.

What keeps you up at night?

Dread fear of how climate change and ecological collapse will impact my two daughters.

One thing you would like to change? [in the world]

Myself! Working towards fully embodying the knowledge that as a human being I am an element of an interconnected and interdependent life system. Relinquishing any power over the natural world, and not utilising it as a resource, other than in a reciprocal way.

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