We really need visionary leadership from prominent members of the community
What was the most valuable thing you got out of CSL?
Knowing my strengths and channeling my energy where it can be most effective.
Why are you passionate about sustainability? What was the moment or event that made you decide to become a 'change maker' in your field?
I am passionate about sustainability because it is the only pathway that can deliver a safe and secure future. The moment I decided to become more proactive in delivering effective change was when I realised the world community was being kept in the dark regarding the threat of global warming. This moment occurred when I first read the concluding statement from over twenty-one nations from the around the world, when they stated, “We are unanimous in our conviction that the security, well-being and very survival of the planet depended on urgent changes.” (World Commission on Environment and Development 1990). I have since come to realise that just as urgent were the messages being sounded about the links between chemical framing and human health decline. It appears from where I sit that the interests of big business have had priority over a healthy planet and healthy people for countless decades. This has challenged me to work out ways that we can restore truth and ethics as a foundation to a new era.
How did CSL play a role in directing your current path or project?
CSL has helped me to balance my time and be more effective where I can make a true difference.
Why is leadership for sustainability important?
I think I was really excited when I read that there was a difference between management and leadership. I think we really need visionary leadership from prominent members of the community to blow the whistle on a society which is operating without a healthy foundation. We need to realise that a strong healthy resource base is the foundation of a strong society. We need to respect and value the true importance of truly healthy soil and a well vegetated landscape.
What do you plan to do next on your sustainability journey?
Call for a revolution in soil health, landscape and river regeneration and restoration of full health in people.
What are three words you would use to describe the Fellowship Program?
Support, Inspiration, Hope.
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Co-director, Future Feeders
Interpretive Communication Consultant
Program Leader - Sustainability, Tweed Shire Council
Founder, Biochar Industries
Teacher, NSW Department of Education; Founding Member, Green Schools Australia
President and Education Coordinator, Mullumbimby SEED
Director, JJ United Foundation
Director, Waste To Resource.
Program Coordinator, Outside the Square Housing.