In this new blog series, we hope to introduce you to the wonderful people that make up the CEL team…
Hi, my name is Jane and I came to the Bellingen area at the beginning of 2009, I was fresh from a Bachelor of Education I recently completed enabling me to apply my Bachelor of Applied Science (Environmental Management) in a way I found meaningful. In South Australia (amongst a variety of jobs) I worked in a simulated rainforest dome environment in the Adelaide Botanic Gardens so moving to a place with such incredible native rainforest was mind blowing for me.
What brought you to this work?
I have always felt drawn to enabling experiences for young people that foster a love and connection to nature, I feel that with this relationship as a basis we can look with hope to a sustainable future.
What do you love about this work?
I love the inspiring colleagues and young people that I work with and am energized by.
Why do you think nature connection is important?
I believe that connection with nature and humbly recognizing our place in the web of life is the means by which we can live in a way that is personally fulfilling and does not take from the ability of other beings now or in the future to have a happy and fulfilling life.
What’s your connection with CEL?
I was involved in the beginning at the formation of CEL though I’ve had a low profile the last couple years while having my son.
What’s your favourite place in nature?
My favourite place is where I am! I love walking on our bushland property in Brierfield and the neighbouring Jaanninga Nature Reserve.
What’s happening in your sphere of ecological learning at the moment?
At the moment I’ve been reading ‘Storytelling for a Greener World’, a fantastic book I’m hoping to incorporate the practice of into my work and parenting. Also, as my son is 2 years old I’m also enjoying a lot of nature play!