Julia Earley

National and International Engagement Coordinator, Parks Victoria2018 Australia Wide Fellowship

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It has fostered a sense of curiosity and exploration that helps me to make peace with uncertainty.

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

I gained an impressive productive reflective collective, complete with a new perspective

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

Because it's the only way to be. A decade ago I walked past someone saying to their friend 'did you know that a meat eater on a bicycle has a bigger carbon footprint than a vegan in a Hummer?' and I don't know if that's actually true but it stuck with me (I thought 'crap, I'm a meat eater on a bicycle!') and in some ways started me on this journey. Then I realised that climate change will only exacerbate existing injustices and so to me sustainability is about so much more than the environment; it's about freedom and anti-oppression and health and equality and democracy and happiness.

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

It has fostered a sense of curiosity and exploration that helps me to make peace with uncertainty.

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

Without leadership we won't see the fair, clean, safe, just, equitable world that is sorely overdue.

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

Try to ensure that diverse voices are heard

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

Rich, important, beautiful

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