Climate activist, environmental scientist, sustainability communicator, and ethical influencer.
Laura lives an environmentally conscious lifestyle, advocating for environmental education and climate justice. Her social media platforms continue to grow, creating a community of activists. You can find her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, and YouTube all under @LessWasteLaura.
She has a First Class honours degree in Geography and Environmental Science from the University of Dundee, and a Masters with Distinction in Environmental Protection and Management from the University of Edinburgh, and was awarded the 2022 ‘Being Edinburgh’ alumni award, and SRUC Alumni Champion Award 2022. As part of her studies she spent a year at the University of Guelph, Canada, before setting off to complete her dissertation working on mangrove projects in Akumal, Mexico.
Laura regularly speaks in the media, bringing her expertise into conversations about climate, waste, sustainable fashion, and environmental justice issues. You can hear her regularly on BBC Radio Scotland, BBC Radio 5Live, Sky News and media platforms.
Speaking engagements, online and in-person, have been a core part of Laura’s work, from her TEDx Talk to schools, conferences, and working with the private sector. She works with businesses of all sizes from independent local shops through to global brands such as Volkswagen, Lush, Boots, and the Scottish Government.
Based in Scotland, Laura works for the international development charity, Tearfund, previously as the COP26 Coordinator she now leads – “Let’s Change The Climate” – and runs the social media channels for Bin Twinning. Alongside professional experience she has a wide variety of voluntary positions, currently being one of the 2050 Climate Group, Scottish Wildlife Trust Young Leaders, and Marine Conservation Society Youth Ocean Network.
Seeking to bring younger voices into influential spaces, she also sits on a variety of boards and advisory committees. Since the beginning of 2021 she has sat on the Public Theology Group for the Baptist Union of Scotland, Diamonds Scotland’s board of trustees, is one of the Evangelical Alliance Scottish Public Leaders, and taken part in the Christians in Media pilot mentorship programme.