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Powered by Passion: Margaret Blakers, Environmentalist

Ruwendi Wakwella17 April 2019
Nina chats to Margaret Blakers. Photo: Supplied.

Nina chats to Margaret Blakers. Photo: George Tsotsos.

“If you can’t see it, you can’t be it” goes the mantra: we all need role models and inspiration, and sometimes the most powerful icons are right there in our own backyards.

Powered by Passion is a new Region Media series by Nina Gbor that takes us inside the lives and motivations of some remarkable Canberra women.

Margaret Blakers, in many ways, embodies the tag ‘powered by passion’. She is a long-time environmentalist, founder and first director of the Green Institute, former convener of the Global Greens and co-founder of the Victorian Greens. With particular interests in biodiversity, forests, climate change and national environmental laws, Margaret is now a member of the Organising Association, Women’s Environmental Leadership Australia (WELA).

She speaks to Nina about why an organisation dedicated to female environmentalists was necessary as well as the truly devastating impact of native forest logging, or as Margaret calls it, ‘wood mining’, especially in Australia.

Watch the video interview below to find out more.

Original Article published by Ruwendi Wakwella on The RiotACT.

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