If we lose the environment all other battles will be meaningless, Dr Rita Floyd tells Ros Dodd.
As she took her place in the lecture theatre on her first day at a UK university following four years of globe-trotting, German-born Dr Rita Floyd knew instantly what she wanted to do with her life.
‘I travelled to different countries, working and learning English, but then I decided I wanted to go to university, but not in Germany,’ recalls Rita. ‘So I enrolled on the Politics and International Relations course at the University of Portsmouth. The first lecture was on the changing nature of war and I remember sitting in the lecture theatre and thinking, “This is it; I’m going to do this for good”. I could understand everything – the logic and the English.’