Sustainability leaders are the warriors for our earth. Without them we lack certainty, direction and belief.
What was the most valuable thing you got out of CSL?
CSL was the delicious manure that allowed me to grow into my most innovative, weirdest & strongest self
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'm passionate about people and the planet. I want to see them thrive in harmony.
I put on my "change-maker" boots and never took them off after I completed a lifelong dream volunteering my time at an orangutan rehabilitation centre in Jogjakarta, Indonesia in 2014.
How did CSL play a role in directing your current path or project?
We live in a world where there is a profound disconnect between people and the planet. Before CSL, I was floating in a swamp of conflicting messages that we as humans consume everyday - messages of disbelief, relentless cynicism, abuse of power and unforgiving destruction. This swamp was cradling my disconnect to other humans. I felt scared, lost and unsure of myself.
The Fellowship Program showed me I wasn’t floating in this swamp alone. I was floating with other change-makers, brainy worriers and nurturing supporters. My passion for a more sustainable world lies in communication and its profound power to scratch heads, shift minds, connect hearts and drive positive change. I want to see powerful stories being told in creative ways. I want to see stories that engage with fellow swamp-dwellers and those beyond. I want to see stories that see positive movements towards a more sustainable world.
In 25 words or less, tell us why leadership for sustainability is important.
Sustainability leaders are the warriors for our earth. Without them we lack certainty, direction and belief. They move us in profound and empowering ways.
What do you plan to do next on your sustainability journey?
I'm going to continue to immerse myself amongst the great sustainability kings and queens. I'm going to read, and watch and listen and learn as much as I can. I'm going to create stories that work as catalysts to provoke and empower future leaders. I'm going to move people. I'm going to create positive change for my future self.
What are three words you would use to describe the Fellowship Program?
Mind-blowing and profoundly empowering
Caitlin can be contacted via Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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