Hey, There! I’m Rebecca Hansell, aka The Curious Environmentalist.
It has taken me a while to get to this point. My blogging journey started in 2014, with a blog called “Girl In London: Seeking A Life”, where I attempted to explore and understand my mental health and the difficulties that I was facing at the time. By 2017, I had completely changed my life and I started a blog called “Small World, Big Cause” which coinsided with my newfound life focus on the environment. This is where I was able to hone my style and figure out what I really wanted out of life – and blogging! In 2020, the blog morphed again into “The Curious Environmentalist” which is where you have ended up today!
Small feet, big steps.
Now, here we are – post-pandemic and there has never been a better time to focus on looking after the planet and evaluating our place within the Earth’s ecosystem.
“The Curious Environmentalist” is my attempt to answer the questions about our planet, the species that call it home and the issues that we all face.
“At 25 years old, I decided that my life was going nowhere fast and that it was only going to change if I was brave and took the leap. Now, in my 30s, I am understanding how having a healthy planet, healthy body & healthy mind, all come hand-in-hand. It is my hope that this blog will help me connect with others who are striving for a fulfilling & sustainable life.”
It takes a team.
“The Curious Environmentalist” is a platform for me, but I wouldn’t be able to dedicate my time to it without my team. My wonderful, supportive boyfriend, Mickey, is a key cog in this machine! Doing a sterling job at helping me find my voice and grow my audience – as well as being a dab-hand in the kitchen. He is, most certainly, a keeper.
A huge thank you also has to go to my enduring family who are always on hand to hear my latest idea and to offer their expertise when possible. They all kick-ass on a daily basis and I couldn’t be myself without them.
Then I have those to thank who have helped me on my career journey into science communications. To those I worked with at the aquarium, who took a chance on someone who was not the most qualified but was the most enthusiastic! I learnt so much during my time there and off the back of that experience, I am building a life and career for myself. And now for my team of plant nerds, my first official ‘communications’ role which allowing me to hone my skills and make plans for the future. I can’t wait to see where this all goes.
Change Is Good.
On top of working, I am also studying towards my BA (Hons) Environmental Studies with The Open University. The further I get with my studies, the more I discover how many wonderful, intelligent, inspirational people there are all around. It has really helped to restore my faith in humanity & to see the world a little brighter than before – I suggest embracing a love for nature to anyone who will listen!
I have also learnt so much about my own mental health and how best to manage it – through a lot of trial & error! Now, I firmly believe that there is a way forward towards a fulfilling & sustainable life out there for us all, we just have to be brave enough to take the steps to reach it.
Currently, me and my boyfriend are based in Hastings, UK. We have previously lived in West London and spent time travelling around both Germany & South East Asia.
“Every day I am learning something new about myself & the world around me – which is exciting! With a new lease of life & a great support system around me, I am on course to reach some of my life goals; to graduate, to see the world, and enjoy life to the fullest!”
The Curious Environmentalist is a platform for education and enthusiasm about the natural world. The podcast is launching early 2023 and there will hopefully be much more content on its way over the coming year and beyond.
The podcast is launching as part of New Knowings Media – which is a science communications platform run by myself and my boyfriend, Mickey, so do check that out too if you are interested in learning more about science.