Former Strathmerton resident Amanda Neilson will be returning home to talk climate change after becoming one of former United States Vice President Al Gore’s global leadership team.July 3, 2014 4:23am
Taking the lead: Former Strathmerton resident Amanda Neilson at the Al Gore Climate Reality Project training session.
Ms Neilson, 39, was one of 500 people to do training with Mr Gore during his visit to Australia last week.
‘‘It is both personal and professional for me in terms of wanting to make a difference on climate change,’’ she said.
Ms Neilson has spent her working life in the field of environment and sustainability, but as a climate leader she wants to educate the community where she grew up about how even small actions can contribute to global change.
‘‘Basically for me it is about getting people to understand that climate change is real,’’ she said.
‘‘I think the general public is definitely confused, partly through understanding, but also mixed messages from our leaders.’’
As part of Mr Gore’s Climate Reality Project, the trained leaders have to complete 10 actions in the first year.
Ms Neilson said this story ticked one box, but she planned to do a lot more in the region.
‘‘Education is vital for people to understand that small and simple actions do make a difference and we all can do something; avoid waste, switch off lights and power points, book a climate reality leadership presentation at your school or group and talk about climate change issues with your local MP,’’ she said.
Shepparton’s Declo Bisimwa firmly believes education is the key to a better life.
Beautiful weather greeted Tungamah residents for the 18th running of the Tungamah Lions Ten Thousand on Sunday.
When Keith and Marion Grumley and their growing family moved to Tatura on January 18, 1968, little did they know that it would be the start of a long and lasting connection to the town.
Garners Boxing Gym in Echuca is encouraging young people to get active with weekly boxing/cardio classes.
Rochester Rotary Club has celebrated its 50th birthday in style.
Sorting future of Campaspe pools
A theatre production with a difference is coming to Seymour.
Local athletes will go head-to-head with some of the best competitors from around the world in swimming and athletics in December.
District residents and visitors will be able to enjoy some of the region’s most beautiful private gardens on Sunday.
The 116th annual Cobram Show went off with a bang at the weekend, drawing in crowds from far and wide for two days of fun.
Tomorrow is a Total Fire Ban day in Deniliquin, meaning no fires can be lit in the open and all fire permits are suspended.
Fifty new full-time jobs will be created at Tatura with a multimillion-dollar expansion of the abattoirs expected to be announced today.
Remembering Australian political giant Gough Whitlam who once called on Benalla police to stop then Treasurer Frank Crean on his journey up the Hume to phone the PM.
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