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 We need to treat waste with the respect it deserves.

Scientia Professor Veena Sahajwalla

Veena grew up in Mumbai where, for reasons of poverty and need, Indians have created an economy that finds ways to extract value from waste. Aided by her background, education and research, which ranged from witnessing the recycling of waste into everyday life in Mumbai to her PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Michigan, Veena has won numerous awards for her invention which incorporates waste plastics as a carbon source for steelmaking. In 2005 she received Australian Museum Eureka Prizes for Scientific Research. In 2011 Veena won the prestigous Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award given by the President of India in acknowledgement of her outstanding achievement in the field of science and in recognition of her valuable contribution in promoting the honour and prestige of India and in fostering the interests of overseas Indians. Veena is the Director of the Centre for Sustainable Materials Research and Technology (SMaRT@UNSW) - a centre which works with industry in the development of innovative materials and processes and the reduction of energy consumption. Veena also presents on the TV show “New Inventors” - a show that celebrates the inventiveness and resourcefulness of the human mind, and she attempts to get the younger generation, especially girls, interested in Science as a vocation.

http://smart.unsw.edu.au/

Photographer: Diane Macdonald
Location: UNSW, Randwick, Sydney

Pat Radinoff

18/7/2011

 
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The thought that you can’t be too thin or too rich, may be right but I never had the time to try it. Life has always offered challenges. Certainly one can never be too busy to learn something new, to embrace new people from other cultures, to awaken each day with something positive to explore, finding quality moments to enjoy family and share with loving friends. My wish is that all young people seek opportunities to open their hearts through travel to far and strange places.

Pat Radinoff

Pat has had many lives, but one thing is certain, nothing will slow her down. After a musical career in the fifties, scaling the heights of the fashion industry and media in the swinging sixties, the intrigue of international diplomacy, trade and travel in the seventies and eighties, much of it behind the Iron Curtain, a pioneer of the environmental movement and a charity fund raiser into the nineties, a screenwriter into the naughties and now? Still writing.  All of this while being a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Pat has proved that there is no age where retirement is an option or where class and style don’t have a place in our world.

Photographer: Diane Macdonald
Location: Sydney

Maria Tiimon

18/7/2011

 
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I am passionate about climate change because my people and my country are facing the effects of extreme climate events leading to the loss of their land, culture and livelihood.

Maria Tiimon

Maria comes from and is an advocate for the island nation of Kiribati which lies on the equator in the Pacific and is one of the places most at risk from the effects of climate change. Her island nation is one of the world’s poorest countries, with few natural resources. The effects of rising sea levels, one of the consequences of climate change, will be borne disproportionately by the world’s most impoverished countries - which are also those that make a negligible contribution to global warming and are the least well equipped to adapt. Maria is actively working to increase awareness of how Climate Change is affecting islands in the Pacific. She is setting out to protect the future of her own people and to bring others to an understanding of the kinds of decisions industrialised societies need to make to extend the amount of time her people can continue to live on their islands.

http://www.erc.org.au



Photographer: Diane Macdonald
Location: Edmund Rice Centre, Sydney

Jane Adams

17/7/2011

 
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What can be more gratifying than a fragrant sun-ripened peach, its sticky juice running down your chin, or a roast chicken that tastes just like the one Nana cooked? I guess it’s that quest for wholesome old-fashioned values, seeking to nurture through abundance and fresh seasonal food, that spurred my passion for farmers’ markets. There’s deep satisfaction in the sight of a child with a face smeared with berry yoghurt, choosing their own vegetables on market morning – visible evidence of powerful social impacts.

Jane Adams

Jane is the catalyst behind many of the 150-plus farmers’ markets operating in Australia. The paddock-to-plate concept is simple - you shop directly from the people who grow, fatten, catch or artisan value-add the food you buy. It is a direct transaction that sustains and celebrates farming families and emerging food businesses. The markets Jane helped develop work at both ends of the spectrum - they create a vibrant community spirit, offering a face and a sense of place to the produce you buy, and the farmers and business owners have a new, sustainable, profitable and convivial direct sales platform, adding to the economic and social welfare of the communities involved. 


http://www.farmersmarkets.org.au

Photographer: Diane Macdonald
Location: Eveleigh Markets, Darlington, Sydney