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.
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