John Mowbray


Team Role: Board Member, Founder MCL News & Media
 
John Mowbray
John Mowbray
John Mowbray
John Mowbray
How did you become involved with EOCA: My business MCL News & Media, which publishes Ecotextile News, has been an EOCA member since 2011, following a conversation I had with Mark Held at the RITE (Reducing the Impact of Textiles on the Environment) conference in London, that we used to organise. Mark told me about some of the fantastic grassroots work EOCA was doing and I signed up shortly afterwards

Number of years in the outdoor industry: As a journalist and publisher, I’ve been writing on environmental issues for nearly 30 years, and I’ve been writing on textiles and apparel (including outdoor gear) since 1999. Since then, I’ve regularly visited and reported on environmental developments at ISPO and OutDoor – especially for Ecotextile News. On a personal level, I’ve always loved the outdoors – ever since I first went up Malham Cove as an 8-year-old.

What else do you promote to support conservation: Not enough – but I’m now finding more time. I’m signed up as a volunteer with the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and also worked with the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers in my student days. I suppose my biggest contribution to conservation efforts has been through writing and publishing thousands of articles on environmental issues over the years. I’m hoping my communications skills and deep industry networks will be useful for EOCA – although I’m also good at heavy lifting!

Favourite wild place: I have to say the district of Meatu in northern Tanzania. I was lucky enough to spend some time there documenting the work of local farmers implementing organic agricultural practises. After all, it’s not every day that you wake up to the sound of a hyena – with the head the size of a boulder – sniffing you out on the other side of a 10 mm thick door!
 
Favourite outdoor activity: This is probably not the right answer. But I managed to play competitive football until I was 48. I loved it. I was also an FA qualified football coach for many years. If it hadn’t been for a ‘twist of fate’ – I would have loved to play professionally. But all failed footballers say that don’t they?


Perfect day: Nowadays, taking the short 5 mile walk with my wife and two sons from Nerja to Frigiliana up the Rio Chillar in the foothills of the Sierras de Tejeda, Andalucia. At the end of which, we end up in a tapas bar overlooking the Mediterranean – on the very same day that Leeds United lift the Champions League title. That would be pretty good.
 
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Holger Bismann, EOCA President 2008-11