Dr Peter McClean Millar– Principal Asset Integrity Consultant

1. On a scale of 1 to 5, how sustainable are you daily?

3 to 4

2. Give an example of the one thing you do to be sustainable

We drink a lot of fizzy water. Used to be about 4 of the large bottles a week. Then we realised it was such a waste of plastic. So now we use a SodaStream and make our own fizzy water with reusable bottles. It saved around 200 plastic bottles a year being destined for a land fill.

3. What does the world need to become more sustainable right now?

The people in it need to become a lot more aware of the possibility of an impending ecological disaster and be prepared to do something to try to prevent it. The awareness part is easy, the doing something about it is the hard part.

4. What one piece of advice would you give your younger self?

You were a child when it was probably the best time ever to be a child. You will get to see a man walk on the moon, be part of the beginning of the computer and internet age and be young at a time when there wasn’t the fear there is now. Enjoy it. It will pass all too soon.

5. Could you live ‘off grid’ for a whole year?

Absolutely not. I doubt anyone could without immense amounts of planning and preparation. I lived in a tent on an island for a week. That was enough to prove I wasn’t made of the “tough stuff”.

6. If you could rid the world of one thing that is environmentally detrimental, what would it be?

Plastic microbeads – These are used in so many products and most people don’t even know they exist. More and more countries are banning them but there is still a long way to go to remove them from our lives and stop their infiltration into the marine environment.