Karin Ochsner

Patrol Leader, National Outdoor Leadership School; Senior Surf Coach, Let's Go Surfing Byron Bay2014 Northern Rivers SLDP


It takes leaders and active followers to create movement

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

I developed trust in my own ability to pass on the importance of connection to the natural 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?

Due to my severe environmental allergies, I have felt environmental pollution since I can remember. I cried as a little child (with severe asthma) and told my mother that I could feel the trees dying due to the bad air coming off the cars (Swiss forest dying in the 1980is). From a very young age I always asked a lot of sustainability questions and have been activly involved in working towards sustainability since I learnt to take a position. I remember walking very dedicated on a march against expanding the network of nuclear power in Switzerland. When I got tired I got picked up and put on my fathers shoulders. I must have been very young :).

Why is leadership for sustainability important?

Most people are aware of the problem but feel it's too hard to change. It takes leaders and as importantly active followers to create movement.

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

- Keep working on my own project of creating a program to offer people with an yearning to relax time in the natural environment. This will entail activities which support connectivity to nature, adventure, reflection, challenge, option for change and con

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