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Here are the people pushing for a more sustainable Melbourne

Meet the Melburnians who are literally saving the Earth

Cassidy Knowlton
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Cassidy Knowlton

Time Out is profiling the incredible people who are shaping the future of Melbourne in this Future Shaper series. We have asked a panel of esteemed experts comprising Claire Ferres Miles (CEO of Sustainability Victoria), Kate Vinot (chair of Zoos Victoria), Simon Abrahams (creative director and CEO of Melbourne Fringe), Pat Nourse (creative director, Melbourne Food and Wine Festival), Senator Lidia Thorpe (Greens Senator for Victoria) and Peter Tullin (co-founder and CEO of Remix Summits) and to help us identify the people changing the future of Melbourne in the areas of food and drink; arts; community and culture; civics; and sustainability.

Those in the sustainability category are very literally shaping the future in their work saving the Earth. Everyone knows that business as usual means rising sea levels, a worsening climate crisis and a permanent and devastating change in the way we live. But these people are anything but business as usual, helping us all make changes before it's too late.

In this category our Future Shapers are: Linh Do, director of Leaders for Global Sustainability at the University of Melbourne; Ninna Larsen, founder of Reground; Katy Barfield, founder of Yume Food; and Hugh Butcher, energy project officer at Darebin Council

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Linh Do reckons that terrifying people with the cold hard facts of the climate crisis isn’t always the best way to affect change.


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