Indiana Rivers

Indiana Rivers
Name: Indiana Rivers
is a ClimateCultures Author

An activist, writer, artist, drummer and witch, studying an MA in Environmental Humanities and writing on eco-anxiety and environmental impacts of animal agriculture relating to veganism.

I am an LGBTQ+, Vegan, Animal, Environmental & Climate activist, writer, artist, drummer, witch & volunteer. I am a creative writing graduate and am studying for an MA in Environmental Humanities at Bath Spa University.

For my creative and activism work, I primarily work on my vegan blog to raise awareness of environmental issues relating to veganism, such as eco-anxiety, environmental impacts of animal agriculture and interviews. I’ve interviewed some inspiring people, from a lady in Namibia who runs a pangolin sanctuary to the all-round amazing athlete, Fiona Oakes. I even had the honour of being a finalist at the Creative Bath Awards for my blog work. More practically, I attend as many environmental, animal rights and climate marches I can. The Friday climate strikes have been a favourite as it’s inspiring to see so many young people doing what needs to be done to save the planet.

During my time as the Environment and Ethics Officer at Bath Spa Students’ Union, I worked with the sustainability department to phase out plastic cups at our water stations which were a massive achievement for all. I also decided to start my own volunteering project with an environmental focus as I realised the environment wasn’t getting the attention it deserved within the union. I called it Sowing Helping Hands and the aim was to transform a green space in the city of Bath with the help of student volunteers.

I wanted my next project to be bigger with more emphasis on creating more environmentally-based volunteering opportunities, such as litter picking, gardening and tree planting. I hoped this would give students the opportunity to make a difference in the community.

Moving somewhat in my creative work, I’ve written an article about veganism and spirituality for Vegan Life magazine and I was a regular comic reviewer for Blogtor Who and the Pop Culture Editor for the Sci-fi and Fantasy Network. This helped me to develop my writing and editing skills and was an exciting and enjoyable experience.

I’ve been a vegan mentor and UK campus rep for the animal rights charity, PETA, for almost two years now. It means a great deal to me to be able to support and guide others who wish to go vegan. It is a passion of mine and I love being able to host vegan outreach stalls on campus.

I completed the Bath Spa award during my undergraduate by completing 100 hours of volunteering and this contributed to my global citizenship certificate. I had the life-changing experience of studying abroad in Stockholm, Sweden, for four and a half months where I studied Ecopoetics along with three other creative subjects.

The Ecopoetics class inspired me to apply for the MA Environmental Humanities course at Bath Spa. It has enabled me to learn about different cultures and how they might be affected by climate change. I’m also learning how to use creativity to engage the public about climate change and would like to do some visual storytelling for my creative project. In terms of my writing, I like to focus on environmental journalism, short stories and non-fiction. As an artist, I’ve painted a scene of a humpback whale surrounded by plastic to highlight the devastating effects of plastic pollution.

My witchcraft doesn’t (as of yet) relate to my activism work but I do sketch various animals and then discover their magical meanings and use them in my spells. I may one day wish to incorporate them into my activism but for now, I like the separation between the two.

Indiana is one of our members featuring their work as part of the ClimateCultures Quarantine Connection series. We shared her poem, Into the Frozen, on Day 16 of the 40-day series.

Indiana’s ClimateCultures posts:

I Am Purpose

I Am Purpose

Writer Indiana Rivers shares a short story exploring one person's sense of purpose. Evoking ideas of conversation with the universe to illuminate times of zoonotic pandemic and climate crisis, Indiana reflects on the presence of signals from within. Read More