Natalie Isaacs

Con­ser­va­tion­ist of the Year

Australian Geographic - - Your Society -

NATALIE IS THE fear­less founder of 1 Mil­lion Women (1MW), a global move­ment that so far in­volves more than 330,000 women and girls tak­ing ac­tion to fight cli­mate change by al­ter­ing the way they live. Natalie be­lieves that be­cause women make most house­hold-buy­ing de­ci­sions, they are well placed to make more sus­tain­able choices to re­duce their fam­i­lies’ car­bon foot­prints.

By shar­ing her own story of trans­for­ma­tion from ap­a­thetic cos­met­ics man­u­fac­turer to strong and fo­cused cli­mate-change ac­tivist, Natalie is an in­spi­ra­tion to women the world over. The 1MW move­ment em­pow­ers women through support and ed­u­ca­tion to make pos­i­tive con­tri­bu­tions to the en­vi­ron­ment through sim­ple life­style changes such as re­duc­ing en­ergy use and food waste.

Natalie’s core belief is that women, through their col­lec­tive power, can make a real im­pact on cli­mate change. Suc­cess­ful 1MW cam­paigns have so far in­cluded #leaveiton­theshelf to re­duce plas­tic pur­chases from su­per­mar­kets and 1M Declar­ing the Reef in Dan­ger, a pe­ti­tion to save the Great Bar­rier Reef. PI­O­NEERS IN MA­RINE bi­ol­ogy, Curt and Miche­line-Ni­cole head the Cen­tre for Whale Re­search in WA where they study all as­pects of whales, from pop­u­la­tion bi­ol­ogy to their mi­gra­tory path­ways and be­hav­iour. Ex­cit­ing dis­cov­er­ies made by the Jen­ners dur­ing their life­long ad­ven­ture aboard their hand-built re­search ves­sel, WhaleSong, in­clude iden­ti­fy­ing Perth Canyon as one of only two known high-den­sity feed­ing lo­ca­tions for en­dan­gered pygmy blue whales in Aus­tralian wa­ters and find­ing a hump­back breed­ing haven in Cam­den Sound off the Kim­ber­ley coast. The cou­ple has spent a life­time com­mit­ted to im­prov­ing our un­der­stand­ing of whales through painstak­ing sci­en­tific re­search (see AG 52 and AG 133).

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