Jessica Byrne

Senior Writer & Media Coordinator London, UK

I’m Jessica (She/Her). Originally from Bermuda, I moved to London to get a Master’s degree in Media & Communications and now write for Thred to spread the word about positive social change, specifically ocean health and marine conservation. You can also find me dipping my toes into other subjects like pop culture, health, wellness, style, and beauty.  Follow me on Twitter, LinkedIn and drop me some ideas/feedback via email.

Hey there, I’m Jess.

You might think I’m crazy for choosing London over my beautiful island home Bermuda, but I’m a city girl at heart, feeling right at home wherever there’s no shortage of things to do and people to meet.

In my free time you can find me curating my endless number of Spotify playlists (and forcing them on my friends), watching football, documentaries, frequenting my favourite bars and restaurants, or ordering more books to add to my carefully curated shelf – from autobiographies to historical fiction, health and wellbeing, and popular culture.

After working for a couple years in Amsterdam, my love for telling a good story led me to join the team at Thred to spread the word about positive social change.

 

Latest Stories from Jessica

AI-scripted film debut cancelled after widespread backlash

AI-scripted film debut cancelled after widespread backlash

London’s Prince Charles cinema was set to debut the world’s first film with a fully AI-generated script, but the project was scrapped after more than 200 people filed complaints. Artificial Intelligence software such as ChatGPT, Midjourney, and DALL-E has sparked worry amongst creatives since they first burst on the scene. Artists have raised concerns about whether AI-generated paintings, photography, or music would eventually compete with work created by humans. The ethical...

By London, UK
Are US lawmakers focusing too much on child safety in online spaces?

Are US lawmakers focusing too much on child safety in online spaces?

It’s no secret that social media is a place where our sense of self-worth comes to die. So as policymakers in the United States strive to enforce safety measures for children in these spaces, are adults being wrongly left out of the equation? Public awareness of the dangers posed by social media has grown exponentially over the last decade, with people of all ages and genders reporting negative mental health...

By London, UK
The EU just passed a groundbreaking nature conservation law

The EU just passed a groundbreaking nature conservation law

The Nature Restoration Law aims to restore 20 percent of land and sea areas by 2030, bolstering degraded ecosystems and enhancing biodiversity. The law sets a historic precedent, aligning with global climate and biodiversity goals. Looking for a mid-week pick me up? Well, in the form of good news, we’ve got you. After deliberations lasting several months, the European Union has finally approved its landmark Nature Restoration Law. The first regulation...

By London, UK
Who will be ousted from the revolving door of celebrity next?

Who will be ousted from the revolving door of celebrity next?

In the age of the internet, a celebrity can fall from fame just as fast as they rose towards it. But this strange phenomenon mainly happens to famous women, and it’s causing them to send fans one simple message: I am human. It seems like every week there’s a new star on our radar. I’m not talking about NASA’s findings. I’m talking about celebrities. You know the drill. Out of nowhere,...

By London, UK
The UK is getting a new sustainable fashion show this September

The UK is getting a new sustainable fashion show this September

A new fashion show is coming to England, showcasing a curated collection of the best pieces in pre-loved and vintage fashion. Aiming to promote circular fashion, it will also provide an opportunity for attendees to donate, swap, and mend their clothing. Pre-loved clothing is all the rage these days, with global consumers becoming increasingly aware of the unsustainable nature of the modern fashion industry. Alongside physical vintage shops, platforms like Depop,...

By London, UK
New Ben & Jerry’s campaign urges everyone to level up their activism

New Ben & Jerry’s campaign urges everyone to level up their activism

The ultra-popular ice cream brand has been advocating for social justice since its inception. For its first ad campaign in nearly a decade, Ben & Jerry’s is encouraging consumers to join in the fight for what’s right. Pretty much everyone loves ice cream, but ice cream that stands up for what’s right in the world? Well, that’s twice as good. The globally-loved ice cream brand Ben & Jerry’s has been famous...

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Why is the European Commission creating a digital twin for Earth?

Why is the European Commission creating a digital twin for Earth?

A €315 million project has been launched to create a ‘digital twin’ for planet Earth. Combining Artificial Intelligence with a highly complex computer model, it aims to monitor and predict the impacts of natural phenomena and human activity on Earth.  Twin… where have you been? That’s what planet Earth would be singing if it could, because it’s about to get its very first, highly accurate digital replica. Launched by The European...

By London, UK
Viruses frozen in Arctic ice could be slowing melting processes

Viruses frozen in Arctic ice could be slowing melting processes

The idea of ‘supersize’ viruses stored inside Arctic glaciers may sound like the beginning of an apocalyptic novel, but scientists have found that giant viruses are playing a key role in slowing the ice’s melting process caused by climate change. You’ve likely heard that viruses have been frozen inside Arctic ice for millions of years. It’s speculated that they could become a threat to the planet’s the human population as...

By London, UK
Newcastle United launches ‘sound shirts’ for deaf fans

Newcastle United launches ‘sound shirts’ for deaf fans

As disability awareness grows, English football clubs have been working to make their grounds more inclusive. Now, Newcastle United has created ‘sound shirts’ to enhance the game day experience for its deaf fanbase. One of the best parts about attending a football match is the atmosphere inside the stadium. While watching your favourite players score goals in person can evoke real feelings of euphoria, the sound of thousands of fans cheering...

By London, UK
Are our beauty routines making us miserable?

Are our beauty routines making us miserable?

While taking care of ourselves is essential for our self-esteem, the pursuit of beauty in the age of social media is starting to have the opposite effect on many. Today, the bar for being considered aesthetically beautiful has risen significantly. Past generations may have felt pressure to acquire the look of a few adored celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe or Audrey Hepburn, but it’s safe to say young people...

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