She knew that I was interested in science, and I vividly remember her explaining the science of global warming and climate change.
She was very passionate and she put it to me so logically: ‘We're cutting down too many trees and burning too much fossil fuel which is adding all these CO2 emissions into the atmosphere that create a greenhouse effect.’ I remember thinking, ‘surely the adult word can sort it out’ and it took me over ten years to realise that nothing significant was happening.
I’m a great lover of the natural world, it has always been a passion of mine and I studied zoology at university.
When I was about 14, I had a wonderful headmistress who used to give me one-to-one lessons.
It was a sad moment, but a cheer went up when Danny told us Kenneth Branagh would step in.
Even then he was adamant the show would not be about celebrities: “This is by everyone for everyone as equal citizens.
The weather was often appalling, but no one moaned – the camaraderie was incredible.
Danny Boyle was often on hand to offer encouragement.
Sarah Butler-Sloss is an internationally-recognised leader in the field of green energy and sustainable development.After 10 weeks of rehearsing, this is the big day; our big moment.Waiting behind the “tor”, I keep experiencing ripples of excitement and nerves, but mostly I’m calm, persuading myself this is just like a rehearsal.Our section was overseen by Toby Sedgwick, the theatre choreographer behind War Horse.We would enter the stadium singing the suffragette anthem, The March of the Women, before re-enacting the moment Emily Davison was killed in the 1913 Derby while trying to put a banner on the King’s horse.