Laura Wells
'When you tug at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world"- John Muir. 

We know you as the Environmentalist, Body positive model changing the way we view the fashion industry and a leader in educating us about climate change. We’d love to know how you got to where you are now and at what stage in your life did you become so aware and actively driven about climate action?

When I finished high school I started studying a double degree in Science (biology) and Law. I really wanted to be able to protect our natural spaces and thought that as a lawyer with an understanding of the environment and biology I would be best placed to do this. When I graduated from both degrees I realised law wasn't really for me and that I possibly wouldn't be able to fulfil what I wanted to in the way in which I though I could. So instead I focused on the environment side and worked as an environmental scientist for a short time before pursuing a modelling career that took me around the world. 

I have always been interested in the environment and human interaction and how we effect our natural spaces, but it wasn't until I was travelling the world constantly as a model, seeing a lot of remote areas, that I realised our immense negative impacts. It made me sit up and take note of exactly what I was doing and want to learn more about climate, the processes by which we affect and interact and just what we as individuals can do about it. Realistically I was in my mid twenties when I started to take responsibility for my actions and open my eyes.

Your leading the change we need to see in the modelling industry. I love your no photoshop approach and the fact that you are confident and happy in your own skin. What’s some advice that you might be able to give to those who might still be trying to find the confidence they need to be their best selves?

It all comes down to accepting yourself and realising that beauty comes in all shapes, sizes, colours, textures and ages. What we see in the media, the clones we see on social media-  it obviously isn't realistic. education on photoshopping, manipulating, angles, it is imperative to understand that this occurs and that quite often the people we see in these images don't actually look they way they do in photographs. 

By understanding your body, being happy and healthy- physically, mentally and environmentally, we come to accept that it really doesn't matter what size you wear. As long as you are a nice person, do things for others, are mindful of your footprint and make the most of your time here on the planet, you don't need to look like anyone else by yourself. 

This year you were involved in the largest all female expedition to Antartica! The Homeward Bound Project. Tell us a little more about it, what you saw along the way and what you learn't? Homeward Bound Project is an amazing culmination of women in STEMM. It embraces women of all ages, diversities, cultures and STEMM backgrounds and it takes us on a leadership course delivered in Antartica. The course itself is designed to encourage women in STEMM to become better leaders, enhance communication skills, strategic policy and decision making skills, visibility skills and knowledge on the environment and climate change in order to create a better future for all. Currently leadership roles for women in STEMM are lacking, so by educating women to become better leaders we may be able to change some of the outcomes especially around climate change. Learning about all of this in Antartica was incredible. The remoteness of the continent is something to be marvelled at. The curious animal, feeding whales, the scale, shapes and colours of the icebergs are totally mind-blowing. It was the perfect backdrop to learn about the fragility of our planet and the effects of our daily actions. 

Laura wears the Coral Garden Wrap Over Bralette and Mid Rise V Pant

Climate change is very real, and we've experienced it at its worst over the past couple of years. With coral bleaching, droughts, wildfires, supercell storms and Australia experiencing heavy heat waves, our climate is at a tipping point. What are your views on the current outlook for our future? (Yes I'm asking you to foresee into the future) :D Well, my future goggles are positive. I have a lot of hope and see the ability of our younger future leaders. Our younger generations are adept and educated on the environment and what we are doing and it is very encouraging to see. Right now though, with the current Australian Government's inability to act on climate change, we need to use our voices and the voices of these younger generations to propel forward and tell and show them the changes we want. We can't sit back and do nothing. Don't just sit around and complain about the inaction, join the movements, be a part of the solutions. It takes each and every one of us to change the future outcomes of our planet, human health and the health of your future children and grandchildren, for the better.

What are 5 products that help you live a more sustainably conscious life?
Reusable EVERYTHING: Cut back on the unnecessary plastic pollution by using reusable water bottles, cutlery, shopping bags, coffee cups, straws etc. 
Public Transport: Switch the car for a bike, walking or public transport
Live a little less meaty: Try to reduce your own carbon footprint by having a few meat free days a week. I understand not everyone wants to or can go vegetarian or vegan, but if you reduce your meat consumption it makes a huge difference to the planet and to your health. 
Switch your Superannuation: In Australia alone there are trillions of dollars in superannuation retirement accounts that is invested into huge carbon emitting industries. Switch your super over to Future Super. They are the only superannuation company that does not invest in any form of coal, oil, palm oil, tobacco etc. Everything is about renewables and they are even building solar farms for their members. Pretty cool. 
Get yourself a compost bin or bokashi composter. Reducing the food waste going to landfill is an awesome way to reduce greenhouse gasses created in landfill by decaying food. By composting, you are reusing greenhouse gases created in landfill by decaying food. By composting, you are reusing the properties of this organic material and giving back to the planet instead of letting it waste away in landfill and contributing to climate change. 

What's a phrase that means something to you? 
"When you tug at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world"- John Muir
I love this quote. It really is true. Everything in our biosphere is connected. What we do here in Australia affects others around the world and vice versa. Every little action we make today will go on to affect something or someone we can't see/ So be mindful and tread lightly. 


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