The world needs sustainability leaders more than ever. We must become spokespeople for the environment and join together to create positive change
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 have been passionate about protecting our precious environment since my Grade 4 teacher, Mrs Welss, showed us a video about the Greenhouse Effect. This was in 1987 and it scared the living daylights out of me. Since then, I have always been committed to doing as much as i can to help the planet.
How did CSL play a role in directing your current path or project?
When I became involved in the first 'Future Environmental Leaders' course (as it was known back in 2005), I was undertaking my PhD at Monash University and was very much focussed on scientific research as a tool for enhancing wise decision-making regarding the management of our natural environment. The FEL course opened up new possibilities and gave me a whole new skill set which has been invaluable in my career. In fact, it was by undertaking some brainstorming as part of the course that I realised the importance of education. Following my PhD, I followed this interest, becoming Education Coordinator for the Clean Ocean Foundation and then teaching Diploma of Conservation Land Management at Chisholm TAFE.
In 25 words or less, tell us why leadership for sustainability is important.
The world needs sustainability leaders more than ever. We must become spokespeople for the environment and join together to create positive change.
What do you plan to do next on your sustainability journey?
I've been working in my role as Landcare Facilitator for the Mornington Peninsula since 2012 and absolutely loving it. I've recently taken on the role of Project Leader for a new 3-year project "Greens Bush to Arthurs Seat Biolink" which involves revegetation, protection of remnant vegetation and feral control on around 250ha of private land on the Mornington Peninsula so that is an awesome new challenge that will keep me on my toes!
What are three words you would use to describe the Fellowship Program?
Well-rounded, thought-provoking and life-affirming