Volunteer Spotlight: Sue Andrews

Volunteer Name: Sue Andrews

Volunteer TitleLocal Group Organizer

Age: 64

LocationVictoria

1] How long have you been volunteering for Greenpeace and why did you choose Greenpeace at a place to offer you time and energy?

My first time volunteering experience with Greenpeace was when the Rainbow Warrior visited Victoria in Sept/October 2013. I had been a monthly donor for a long time before that. Greenpeace reflects all my values in terms of the environment and the issues they fight. I think they are brave and resourceful and determined and I feel privileged to be a part of the organization. 

2] In general ... what motivates you in your volunteerism? 

As a grandparent, I feel compelled to do everything I can to leave a world that my grandchildren can live in. I also feel that we are responsible for ending the suffering of so many voiceless creatures around the world that humans abuse. I think that we have to fight corporations who are killing our democracies and the earth and poisoning the environment and humans for greed and short-term prosperity. 

3] Do you have a most memorable moment/activity/project at Greenpeace?

Yes - I went to the People's Climate March in New York last year and it was wonderful. We carried the Greenpeace banner and people cheered us the whole way and thanked us for coming all the way from Victoria. It was a life-changing experience. 

4] Do you have an inspirational message that you want to share with other environmental activists like yourself?

Sometimes it is quite hard when faced with the grief and loss and sadness of climate change, to remain hopeful. It is my activist friends who keep me from despair. We can win this fight if we tackle it together and I believe we are going to. My activist friends give me hope.

Sue Andrews