Leadership skills in this field are a valuable tool to facilitate projects and change
What was the most valuable thing you got out of CSL?
Working with a supportive group of knowledgeable, like-minded people
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 grew up with a love and respect for nature, being on the edge of a city in England but only 10 minutes walk from farmland and woodland. It was a gradual growth of awareness and interest in sustainable energy sources and practices, plus a great education from extensive world travel that lead to my work with solar hot water and LandCare activities. After selling this business I travelled again in South America, observing some of the poor, unsustainable practices and their consequences there. I returned to Australia and gained a degree in Environmental Resource Management. Some of the tipping points discussed in the degree unit "Climatology" I now see happening! In my 63 years I have observed many changes and gained a broad knowledge. It is obvious to me that the pursuit of monetary and material wealth is destroying our ecosystems and squandering resources. The majority are very disconnected from the natural systems that support us and are ignorant of them. Politicians choose to be ignorant to suit their need to stay in power. In contrast, people I have met with little material wealth but a sustainable lifestyle are often happier than many in the material world. With renewable energy technologies and intelligent use, reuse and recycling of materials I know we can live comfortably, sustainably and in harmony with the Earth's ecosystems that support us. That is my goal, Resource Efficiency is one of my passions. It is the only choice if humankind is to live in nature rather than perhaps a few survivors in artificial support systems.
Why is leadership for sustainability is important?
Sustainability is vital to human survival in a natural ecosystem. Leadership skills in this field are a valuable tool to facilitate projects and change.
What do you plan to do next on your sustainability journey?
Continue networking with other SLDP participants. Follow and assist with projects proposed for Tyalgum village and Mullumbimby. Continue with LandCare activities.
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