Dr Kate Rawles
Outdoor Philosopher, author and activist
Dr Kate Rawles is passionate about using adventurous journeys to help raise awareness and inspire action on our most urgent environmental challenges – including food and farming related ones. She has recently completed The Life Cycle: an 8288-mile largely solo ride the length of South America on a bamboo bike that she built herself. En route she explored biodiversity: what it is, what’s happening to it, why it matters and what can and is being done to protect it.
A former university lecturer, first in environmental philosophy and ethics, and then outdoor education, Kate now works freelance as a writer, guest lecturer, public speaker and activist. She also runs occasional Outdoor Philosophy courses, using the power of wild places to support personal and professional positive action on environmental sustainability.
Her book, The Carbon Cycle, Crossing the Great Divide (Two Ravens Press, 2012; Rocky Mountain Books, 2013; Word Power Books 2nd Edition, 2016), based on a bike ride from Texas to Alaska exploring climate change, was shortlisted for the Banff Mountain Festival Adventure Travel Book Award, 2013. Other ‘adventure plus’ journeys include the Gyre to Gaia ocean plastic pollution sailing voyage with Pangaea Exploration.
Kate lives in Cumbria with her partner, Chris. She is a keen sea kayaker – preferably around remote, wildlife-rich islands – hill walker and bookworm, as well as a cyclist. Kate is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, a member of The Adventure Syndicate, an Ibex Earth biodiversity ambassador and holds sea kayaking and mountain leader qualifications.
More info at: www.outdoorphilosophy.co.uk