Patrick first studied with the Open University and gained a 2.1 BSc Hons in environmental and natural sciences, where he became interested in the science of climate change. After working in the newspaper industry for 26 years he was made redundant and saw this as an opportunity to study at postgraduate level.
He joined the new MA course in climate change which was beginning at the University of Exeter. This master's level course examines the political, social and cultural impacts climate change might have on society, as well as the difficulty of making policy. After understanding the science behind climate change he now became aware of the human costs the phenomenon threatens to bring, and the responsiblity we owe to the developing world and future generations to mitigate emissions.
He is keen to combine this newfound knowledge with his long term experience in the media, and so was glad to be offered a communications support internship with Regen SW.
He joined at a busy time in the run up to the Green Energy Awards and the Renewable Futures conference, and assisted Rachel Hayes, the events and membership manager, in encouraging nominations, as well as helping increase Regen's growing membership.
He brought his industry experience to the office, where he assisted in writing press releases and proof reading.
In his time here he learned a new set of key skills in communications and marketing in the world of sustainability, and hopes to continue informing people of the stark realities we face in the coming decades.