CSL has really helped me deepen my understanding of the impact our food choices and consumption has on our environment.
What was the most valuable thing you got out of CSL?
An incredible, supportive network of like minded people, friendship and the confidence to take my sustainability message to 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?
After working in the health and well-being industry for nearly 20 years, I am passionate about the impact 'personal sustainability' can have on the quality of our lives. In a world where our lives are often too busy to stop, reflect and even truly participate my goal is to help others reconnect with their inner selves, the food they eat, the world around them, so they may find the peace, resilience and happiness they need to truly 'live'.
As a nutritionist my other great passion is how our foods choices impact upon not just our health, but the environment too. I became quite distressed to see the increasing incidence of obesity, with all of it's associated health implications, sky rocketing in Australia. As a mother of two it was clear to me that the processed foods children are eating at school and at home is playing a massive role. More than this, the packaging of these foods produces enormous, unnecessary waste. I had a strong need to do my bit to help change this. After a fair bit of contemplation the concept of 'My Green Lunch Box' was born.
How did CSL play a role in directing your current path or project?
CSL has really helped me deepen my understanding of the impact our food choices and consumption has on our environment. This has further shaped the nutrition workshops I give at schools and in the workplace. I aim to get people thinking beyond the food they see before them, and consider where it came from, it's packaging and simple things they can do to reduce their environmental impact.
By providing an incredible supportive network it has renewed my determination to make a difference and the self belief I can do it.
In 25 words or less, tell us why leadership for sustainability is important.
Building a network of committed sustainability leaders at all levels is the first step to creating change - only when there is a critical mass can the change we need take place.
What do you plan to do next on your sustainability journey?
My sustainability journey continues with My Green Lunch Box - promoting healthy eating and 'nude' lunches in schools and kindergartens. I will be continuing to develop innovative well-being programs for "Corporate Chillout' to bring the message of health and wellbeing, with a sustainability bent, to workplaces.
After serendipitously connecting with a CSL alumni, I am also working on a new project, Food and Us - an engagement and education program. We aim to reconnect people with food, farmers and the land. It's a practical program that addresses the entire food system, from growing to eating, and everything in between. It aims to close the knowledge and financial gap between city dwellers (consumers of food) and farmers (growers of food) while tackling the importance of good nutrition and it’s impact on health, obesity and biodiversity.
My CSL group project, The Fugly Food Project also continues. We aim to raise awareness around the very real issue of food waste, specifically cosmetic food waste and have some exciting plans for our future development.
What are three words you would use to describe the Fellowship Program?
Connecting. Empowering. Transforming.
Lindy can be contacted via E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or twitter: https://twitter.com/mygreenlunchbox
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