Madeleine advocates for sustainability personally and through her work. In particular, she has a strong interest in connecting and engaging individuals in more sustainable behaviours. Madeleine currently works as Team and Communications Coordinator at the Investor Group on Climate Change, where she coordinates communications, website management, event management and team logistics.
Madeleine is an active volunteer for Good On You and OzHarvest. These experiences volunteering have enabled her to gain experience in project management, copy writing and sustainability development within the community. In June 2019, Madeleine was selected to join the Climate Reality Leadership Corps training program, where she further developed her communication and leadership skills.
Madeleine has a creative background, studying Design in Photography (Honours) at the University of Technology Sydney, where her research focused on artists whose works addressed environmentalism and human relationships with the environment. While at university Madeleine taught critical writing, design and photography as part of the postgraduate studies. Her research area and love of teaching led to her passion for positively influencing action on climate change.
MOTIVATION FOR AND COMMITMENT TO CREATING A BETTER AND MORE SUSTAINABLE PLANET
My motivation stems from the actions, initiatives and innovations that are available to us globally to contribute to the fight against climate change, at a time when collective action is crucial. I am committed to helping individuals connect with information and each other, and be a part of the solution to climate change.
When I talk to people about sustainability, I am continuously faced with the same comment: “I want to do more to be sustainable, I just don’t know where to start”. This led me to realise there is a huge gap between those already engaging with sustainability initiatives and those who would like to get involved but don’t know where to go to take the first step. This is where providing a gateway for people is essential, by condensing existing information into an easily accessible hub. I know how useful this process has been for me and want to share what I have learnt.
The Gather & Source site will facilitate connections between people and environmental initiatives, resources and actions. The site will make it easier to make decisions and take actions that are better for the planet.
There is a lot of great information already out there, but it is not always easy to find. Especially if you are just starting to engage with these conscious behaviours. Bringing information into one place will allow people on this journey a clearer path. The platform will bring together existing and developing environmental resources in a single location. This will cover areas such as lifestyle, home, waste and the workplace. For example, a collection of tips to reduce your household general waste to one bag a week, or actions such as introducing better recycling initiatives into your workplace. The platform will bridge the gap for people in Australia who want to reduce their footprint but don’t know where to begin. The site will empower people to take more conscious actions and share this within their communities.
As well as gathering reliable resources, the site will build community via an information sharing feature. This will reinforce that everyone’s individual actions can create positive global change and that collaboration is vital. Ultimately, Gather & Source will assemble the diverse array of environmental initiatives and resources to accelerate climate action. This platform and directory is needed for us to embrace, mobilise and commit to making every action count towards the bigger climate change goals.