Imogen Learmonth

Editor in Chief London, UK

I’m the Editor in Chief at Thred. My interests include social and climate justice, women’s issues, and human rights. If you’re keen on current affairs and social change, check out my profile! Follow me on Twitter and drop me some ideas/feedback via email.

Hi, I’m Imogen, and I’m the Editor in Chief at Thred. I moved to the UK from Australia to study English at the University of Oxford in 2015.

Since graduating, I’ve lived in London where I’m informally studying ethics and learning French as side projects to my main gig as Editor in Chief at Thred. My specialist subjects include social and climate justice, women’s issues, and human rights.

I can usually be found furiously tapping away at my keyboard as I rant in liberal. In the office I regularly take on the role of mum, making pita bread and hot chocolates for my team. Although when it comes to using technology, my status is quickly downgraded to grandma. Despite the grandiose efforts of my team, I have yet to master Photoshop.

   

Latest Stories from Imogen

Air pollution will kill more people this year than coronavirus

Air pollution will kill more people this year than coronavirus

The World Health organisation stand firm on their stance that air pollution is the greatest environmental risk to health today. As the world suffers through a respiratory pandemic, the need to breathe clean air has never been more apparent. But, with the World Health Organisation estimating that 9 out of every 10 of us live in zones where the air exceeds guideline limits of pollutants, breathable air is becoming...

By London, UK
Exclusive: welcome to Impactr, the app turning social media into social change

Exclusive: welcome to Impactr, the app turning social media into social change

Thred has been given an exclusive, pre-launch peek at new app Impactr, the self-proclaimed ‘anti-Amazon’ about to revolutionise online interaction.  What’s next in social media? It’s a question people have asked themselves since David Fincher’s The Social Network premiered in 2010, seemingly the swan song of a digital juggernaut that was fast losing its novel sheen and youth-centric flavour. Throughout the 2010s, we’ve gone through various incarnations of the connected...

By London, UK
How the ‘carbon footprint’ originated as a PR campaign for big oil

How the ‘carbon footprint’ originated as a PR campaign for big oil

One of the most successful marketing ploys of the 20th century was when BP framed you for climate change. It’s a well-known fact that the most effective defence in a criminal trial is an alternative suspect. British Petroleum, the second largest private oil company in the world, was certainly aware of this fact in 2000 when it rebranded itself ‘Beyond Petroleum’, beginning an international marketing and PR campaign which...

By London, UK
The new Oscars diversity rules: momentous or tokenistic?

The new Oscars diversity rules: momentous or tokenistic?

The latest gambit from the Academy to up its woke credentials looks great on paper, but is vague in all the wrong places. This week the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced a new set of ‘representation and inclusion’ standards in the hope of diversifying the Oscars. The film industry’s biggest awards ceremony is now asking studios to meet a set of minority inclusion standards to be...

By London, UK
The gender health gap: why women’s bodies shouldn’t be a medical mystery

The gender health gap: why women’s bodies shouldn’t be a medical mystery

The most worrying trend in female healthcare research is the lack of it. Women (defined here as both female-identifying people, and people with wombs) have always found it much harder than men to have their bodies defined in the medical sphere. Given that histories are recorded and circumstances dictated by men, it’s not surprising that womanhood is ‘othered’ in our self-definition as a species - pushed to the boundaries...

By London, UK
The Amazon rainforest is burning once again

The Amazon rainforest is burning once again

President Bolsonaro continues his legacy as the world’s worst environmental terrorist. In a terrifying yet inevitable repeat of history, there are currently just shy of 30,000 individual fires burning in the Amazon as of late August. Though Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro issued a 120-day ban on planned fires in mid-July, the government has been lacklustre in enforcing the legislation. Satellite images now paint an eerily reminiscent picture of 2019’s...

By London, UK
Greenland’s ice is melting at an incomprehensible rate

Greenland’s ice is melting at an incomprehensible rate

According to a recent study of Greenland’s ice sheets, 2019 was an incredibly bad year for those who hope to remain above sea level. Greenland’s ice sheet - the world’s second-largest ice body - has hit a tipping point likely set it on an irreversible path to extinction. The journal Nature has published a report stating that the snowfall usually relied upon to replenish Greenland’s massive glaciers each year...

By London, UK
Eastern Europe can no longer be considered part of the free world

Eastern Europe can no longer be considered part of the free world

‘Polish Stonewall’ is an admirable but doomed shout into the abyss for a region already engulfed by fascism. At this moment in time, the Polish LGBT+ community are fighting their newly elected government for the right to be. ‘Polish Stonewall’ is part of a pushback by minorities and Eastern European youth against the region’s recent backslide into nationalism. It’s heartening to see that human rights as we understand them in...

By London, UK
Meet Jahkini Bisselink, the loudest Gen Z voice at the UN

Meet Jahkini Bisselink, the loudest Gen Z voice at the UN

This week we’re feeling especially grateful for the voice of young representative and activist Jahkini Bisselink, who’s making sure Gen Z gets a say in what matters most.   ‘More than half of the world’s population is under 30’, says then 18-year-old Jahkini Bisselink to a delegation of UN state leaders. ‘So I believe it to be a moral obligation to involve youth in decision making processes.’ Said matter-of-factly in her...

By London, UK
Plastic pollution is a fight we can win if we act now

Plastic pollution is a fight we can win if we act now

We waited too long to stop CO2 from taking over our atmosphere, and now we’re in danger of waiting too long to turn off the plastic tap. A billion more tons of plastic are set to blanket the earth by 2040. In the next two decades alone, 710 million tons will enter our waterways and cover our land based only on what we’ve already thrown away. Plastic takes over...

By London, UK