''I am a maths and science teacher at Maffra Secondary College in Gippsland, Victoria. I completed a PhD in Immunology at the University of Melbourne but was drawn to the communication that teaching offered. I became more interested in environmental causes over the last few years, and was inspired to apply for Homeward Bound when I surveyed 7 students in my year at the school and found that many of their parents did not believe in Climate Change. This really disturbed me, and I went looking for ways I could best communicate this complex issue to young people.
I hope to come away from the program with a really first-rate project that will enable better communication of climate change to young people – after all, they are the future! I want my two children, who are one and three, to have a habitable world to show their own children! I am also working to increase community-owned renewable energy sources with the Wellington Renewable Energy Network.
I am also passionate about promoting STEM fields to female students, having seen first-hand some of the inequity that exists in Science from my work in academia. Women are not being promoted to leadership positions in Science, which is grossly unjust. Humanity is faced with arguably our most pressing issue in climate change, and we are excluding some of our best and brightest from the decision-making process!
I never thought I would be selected for this amazing global program, as there are so many amazing women who are participating. Having met some of the other participants already, I am confident that we will all be able to make the world a better place through the program of Homeward Bound.''
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