Practical Changemakers: a Carbon Positive Story

“Carbon Positive Australia’s vision is to empower everyone to take positive climate action by revitalising and improving the health of landscapes and communities throughout Australia. Through our work, we get to talk to, and spend time, with people who are working for the health of our environment every day. These practical changemakers and leaders don’t often make the headlines but the work that they do is vital in our changing world. It’s my pleasure to introduce some of them to you and for you to hear more about their work, to be inspired and to find out ways you can also become a practical changemaker.”

– Louise Tarrier, CEO, Carbon Positive Australia

Carbon Positive Australia Team Louise Tarrier
Carbon Positive Australia Team Catherine Patterson

Episode 1: Walking the talk - Business and sustainability

With Duncan Ritchie and Catherine Patterson

Join Duncan Ritchie & Catherine Patterson as they join Louise to discuss investment banking, finance and business development in our ever changing world. It was at the end of 2019, during the UN’s Conference of Parties in Madrid where world leaders gave a collective shrug on climate action as Australia was ravaged by the worst bushfires in living memory. This moment was one that compelled Duncan to focus on business to accelerate action on climate change. Be inspired to make change in your business as Duncan and Catherine, Head of Partnerships for Carbon Positive Australia discuss the ways in which businesses can become motivated to take action on climate change.

Episode 2: Demystifying Ethical investments

With James Baird

When it comes to living more sustainably and ethically, for many of us we have a good understanding of how to contribute but can the same be said for our investments. There are many options for those who want to invest responsibly. Join James Baird as he discusses with Louise his passion for investing ethically and how you can achieve your goals in a way that also offers environmental benefits. James is listed as one of the Most Influential Advisers in Australia, so if you are looking to make changes for the better, this is one chat you do not want to miss.

Episode 3: beyond recycling

With Maryline Cassou & Sharka Hornahova

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – these are terms we are all familiar with but are we familar with the difference between the three and did you know that in Western Australia we aren’t really recycling plastic?! Join Maryline Cassou of KITO Plastics & Precious Plastics Perth, and Sharka Hornahova of Donut Waste & Responsible Cafes as they discuss with Louise how plastic waste is one of the main issues of the waste management crisis in WA and what can be done to rectify this.

Episode 4: not your average calculator

With Niaal Holder & Jess Fitzgerald

In 2020 Carbon Positive Australia was supported by LotteryWest to build a personal carbon calculator alongside the design team at Anthologie, a local Perth creative agency. Join Niaal Holder, Digital Director of Anthologie and Jess Fitzgerald, Commercial & Carbon Project Coordinator from Carbon Positive Australia as they discuss with Louise the design, data collection and analysis of this new and improved tool and why is is important that we understand our personal carbon footprint.

Episode 5: All About and all for our trees

With Pollyanna Darling

When you meet someone who is deeply passionate about trees, only then can you understand their importance. Join Pollyanna Darling, Carbon Positive Australia’s Head of Community and Philanthropy as she discusses with Louise, why trees are amazing, how they mitigate climate change and why when working together so much more is possible. Coming from a background in project management, reforestation, community engagement & NFP sector management, this is one chat you do not want to miss and one that will make you want to immerse yourself in nature.

Episode 6: Putting the heat on climate change

With Cesira Leigh & Glen Ryan

Cesira has a strong foundation in sustainability, commercialisation, stakeholder engagement and project management. Glen is passionate about the energy sector which is currently undergoing rapid disruption. Together they run Sunovate, which was founded to create a platform for the rapid transition to renewable heat. The approach is to fundamentally reform the way heat energy is sourced and delivered to customers. Join Cesira and Glen as they chat with Louise about how energy and sustainability can go hand-in-hand to create a better future for all.
Co-Founders of Sunovate, Cesira Leigh & Glen Ryan
Basil Schur of Green Skills

Episode 7: Connecting Nature

With Basil Schur

In 1981, Basil Schur came to Western Australia to study at UWA in Perth. After graduating with qualifications in science, education and environmental management. He is now Project manager with Green Skills, an NGO dedicated to working for sustainability initiatives. He has been with this group since it was formed in 1988, based in Denmark, on WA’s south coast. Basil was awarded the NRM National Landcare Manager award in 2021.

Over the years, Basil has coordinated many projects linked to landcare, eco restoration, wetland conservation and farm forestry. Basil is passionate about promoting Gondwana Link, and in this series chats to Louise about the large scale conservation program that aims to reconnect habitat across 1,000km of country across the lower South West.

Episode 8: Simple steps to sustainability

With April Hannah & Lauren Purcell

Like so many people who watched War on Waste in 2017, April Hannah was inspired to take action the moment it finished and she continues to do so today. With a Diploma in Sustainable Operations, April delivers educational workshops and custom training programs about waste and sustainability in WA.

Lauren, Communications & Partnerships Coordinator for Carbon Positive Australia, is equally passionate about sustainability and ethics and believes you can’t have one without the other (social and environmentally sustainability must go hand-in-hand). Join them as they discuss with Louise, how you can make take the small steps that add up to making a big difference just by following your passion and speaking up.