Go Gently Forcibly Entering the Sustainability Movement


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“Go Gently”, the Youtube channel created by Bonnie Wright turned into my guilty pleasure and has been my obsession this week. Wright is a Greenpeace ambassador and is known for portraying Ginny Weasly in the famous Harry Potter franchise. This platform was influenced by her book, Go Gently: Actionable Steps to Nurture Yourself and the Planet. She wrote on her website about the inspiration behind the book and that it was attempting to show how they can “adopt both hard and soft mindsets.”

“Go Gently” already has a website and youtube channel under its belt and a book on the way. Wright gives her “Earthlings” information about climate-related issues and practical tips, ideas, recipes, and steps to integrate sustainability into their lives. She acknowledges that one may not be able to change their entire lifestyle after reading one book and tells her readers not to “overhaul” their lives.

I first discovered her youtube channel. After three minutes into the video, Go Gently Premier Episode: A Day In The Life, I became instantly in love with her presence along with the idea of trying to have a life that is more sustainable for our planet. The Youtube channel has 11 videos; 9 of them being episodes varying from 16 to 41 minutes.

Whether she is picking up at least 5 pieces of trash off the sandy beaches of California while walking her dog, creating sustainable Christmas decorations from oranges, or hosting a Q & A about her platform and book, this channel gives people a visual into Wright’s daily life and ways that their own lives can become more environmentally conserving.

As mentioned in her Youtube video, Go Gently Episode 9 – Q&A, Wright first got the idea to write the book right before the pandemic, during Christmas 2019 into early 2020. She characterizes her book as “practical” and that it takes look at environmentally conservative ideas that she has implemented in her home. She gives different resources and information within the book as a proposal of taking sustainability into account; to be “more tangibly a part of the change you want to see.”