Sofia
Carvajal

Project: Advocating for Green Open Space– Hurstville Community Garden

Sofia is a multimedia producer who has produced many short films, corporate videos, community group websites for local community groups, universities and government entities. She has also produced radio programs for 2SER 107.3 radio.

Sofia’s passion for climate change education and activism has led her to play a role in the local community as president of Hurstville Community Garden. Her aim as president of the garden is to influence, encourage awareness and participation of new programs for adults and children in the wider community by 20% by March 2020.

In her spare time Sofia likes to make things, garden and is slowly learning how to become a better cook for the sake of her family.

MOTIVATION FOR AND COMMITMENT TO CREATING A BETTER AND MORE SUSTAINABLE PLANET

I had always wanted to grow vegetables, so I joined Hurstville community garden. I loved it! It’s a magical process of watching food grow before your eyes.  The food is organic, fresh and the best tasting I have ever cooked. Not to mention seasonal and with a low carbon footprint.  Six months later, I was nominated as the next president of the garden.

I initially balked, as I’ve never been in a leadership position before. But slowly I came to the remembered an old quote. “Somebody should do something about that. Then I realized I am somebody.”

It is imperative to step up to the challenge of climate change and make a difference however small. The garden is a rare green open space which needs protection, promotion and utilisation by the wider Hurstville community.

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