I wrote a book

Very excited to receive an advance copy of People for the Planet: The story of Environment Victoria, a book I wrote (my first) on the history of Environment Victoria.

I was commissioned to research and write the story earlier this year for the organisation’s 50th birthday celebrations, which happen this week (Wednesday 30 October, 2019, to be precise).

People for the Planet traces Environment Victoria’s epic journey from birth (following the campaign to save the Little Desert in the late 1960s) through to today, and covers campaigns on water, sustainability, climate change and so much more.

I learnt much about Victoria’s environmental history and was surprised by many things, including how bipartisan support was for environmental concerns in the 1960s and ’70s.

I was also intrigued by to what lengths some commercial interests, namely the forestry industry, went to keep tabs on these ‘greenie troublemakers.’

The political landscape has changed dramatically over the years but the passion and hard work these campaigners show for the natural world hasn’t – they are incredible people and I’m so grateful to them for all their work and resilience.

It’s thanks to people like these that we have the Grampians National Park, Victoria’s Alpine National Park and many more natural wonders.

The book ($30) is available to buy from Environment Victoria after October 30 and while stocks last. Otherwise, check your local library! Also, I wrote a book!