Eleanor Meyer

Director, Co-Founder, Sustain Me Group2015 Melbourne Fellowship

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CSL gave me the idea that I could be the change I want to see in the world.

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

CSL gave me the idea that I could be the change I want to see in the world.

Why are you passionate about sustainability? What was the moment or event that made you decide to become a ‘change maker’ in your field?

There never really was a moment for me. I grew up in rural areas across Australia, and so have always lived closely to the environment. I know how it can be gentle, and how it can be extreme. I know how it changes. I always had a clear desire to do 'what's right' but it really was during my university degree that I learnt facts about climate change that I couldn't ignore. It is not in my nature to ignore something I have decided is a problem. And I couldn't ignore this.

How did CSL play a role in directing your current path or project?

CSL gently reminded me of my own ideas, beliefs and principles. I have always been acted on my environmental sustainability principles - I recycle, I don't waste food, I stopped eating fish when I learnt about reducing fish stocks - but it is hard doing it on your lonesome. CSL gave me a group of people to swap ideas with, revitalize my commitments and re-launch them afresh.

In 25 words or less, tell us why leadership for sustainability is important.

Sustainability is important. We have to find a way to live sustainably upon our earth or else everything we know will be gone from us. And there are things I want. I want to grow my own food out of clean soil, I want to live in a city and breath air that doesn't cause cancer in my lungs. I want the skies to precipitate clean, fresh, gentle rain upon my face. I want to exist upon this earth and experience these things. But I've got to give back. I've got to give the earth a way to survive so that I can survive. I've got to do this, and so do you. That's why we need leaders in this errand - to show us how.

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

I plan to find market-based solutions to climate change. I know that in order to save planet earth from climate change, we need radical change. And some market-based solutions don't foster the level of change needed. But I am looking for a starting point. If I can find a market-based solution that works in one small area, then I can extrapolate this model. I am doing this to show people how it can be done. I am doing this to show them what just one person can do. One person who does not have considerable business or political connections. One person who does not have huge wealth. One person who just gets up every day and lives and breathes her sustainability. I am doing this because I plan to lead.

What are three words you would use to describe the Fellowship Program?

Inspirational, methodological, deliberate.

Eleanor can be contacted via E-mail: eleanor@sustainme.com.au or can be found on twitter: @Eleanor_Meyer

 

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