Sarah McConnell

Artist and Environmental Activist, The Wilderness Society2014 Melbourne Fellowship

Sarah McConnell Melb FP 2014 resized

Sustainability is not only the most universally important and urgent question of our time, it is also the least apparent.

What was the most valuable thing you got out of CSL?

Anyone has the power to change things, you just need to try.

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 see sustainability as the most pressing and all-encompassing problem of our time. I became passionate about this through a myriad of ways, but most importantly through my interactions with others, often around the idea of veganism. Even the most well-meaning, intelligent, switched-on people often can’t seem to draw the connection between what is happening to the world and how they are contributing to the problem. I am noticing more and more that people’s actions reflect a preoccupation with their individual wants, now and in the immediate future. As a result I am interested in the driving factors behind behavior change and large-scale paradigm shifts.

Why is leadership for sustainability is important?

Sustainability is not only the most universally important and urgent question of our time, it is also the least apparent.

What do you plan to do next on your sustainability journey?

2 things – I hope to use my art to connect people with the environment and sustainability issues at an emotional level, and secondly I aim to see my CSL project through to completion, whereby airlines will be providing ‘low impact’ meal options as one of the main options on all international flights.

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