My name is Ryan Mizzen and I am 25 years old. It’s hard to remember exactly where this all began for me, but I distinctly remember completing a piece of coursework on climate change for GCSE Geography in 2007. I remember around that time, the Met Office produced a visualisation map of what a 4°C rise in temperatures would look like across the globe (based on the report findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in the same year). I was astounded at the widespread implications of a warming world and wanted to learn more about why climate change was happening and how we could avoid the worst impacts. So began a profoundly overwhelming journey.
I decided to explore the subject of climate change in more depth and in 2012, I graduated with a First Class Bachelor of Science degree (with Hons) in Climate Change, from one of the first universities to offer climate change as an undergraduate degree. Since then, I have spent over three years working for energy efficiency and renewable energy organisations. I am now embarking on my greatest challenge to date, as I work towards an MA in Creative Writing at Teesside University, which I hope will help me communicate climate change in an engaging manner to a wider audience.
I will use this website as platform to blog about my experiences and share some of the work I produce along the way. Onwards!