North East Greenspeaker – Malcolm Reid
Malcolm is a Greenspeaker based in Tynedale and he is happy to deliver Greenpeace presentations across the North East, often buddying up with another nearby Greenspeaker, Rosie Hogg, to do joint presentations. If you would like to contact Malcolm, to request he speaks at an upcoming event, then please complete the form below.
I began supporting Greenpeace more than 30 years ago because of its opposition to nuclear weapons and nuclear power and because of the extreme bravery of its activists.
In those days supporters were only fund raisers, organising sponsored swims and sponsored walks. The quickest return on effort was when my children devised a New Year’s day sponsored jump into the Tyne.
Over time local groups / networks have been called upon to participate in actions and this was at first a cause for anxiety, and then of pleasure as we saw how effective this could be. The fish campaigns at supermarkets were a good example and Greenpeace always supplied us with amusing materials.
On retirement as a teacher I became a Greenpeace voluntary climate communicator, worked as a dogsbody volunteer at the Greenpeace fringe events at party conferences and helped at the Glastonbury festival. I also embarked on my own initiatives, showing Al Gore’s film ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ in 14 churches and 3 High Schools, co-ordinating some Energy Saving Fairs and speaking in favour of wind farms at 2 local public inquiries. Greenpeace then invited me to co-ordinate the campaign against a new coal-fired power station in Blyth.
My other interests are paddling an open canoe, cross country skiing, playing chess, reading philosophy, helping my son build his eco house and babyminding my grandchildren.
I have so far been a Greenspeaker at tertiary colleges in Newcastle, North Tyneside and Darlington. I am happy to address any kind of audience in Northumberland, Cumbria, Tyne and Wear and County Durham.