What Inspires Me – Mike McEvoy
In this edition of ‘What Inspires Me’ we feature Mike McEvoy, National Program Manager at Climate for Change.
Mike McEvoy on a hike in the wilderness.
The Climate Conversations Program.
1. Tell us a little about Climate for Change and your role.
Climate for Change is a not-for-profit organisation working to create the social climate in Australia for effective action on climate change. We do this by supporting people who are committed to climate action to have more effective conversations about climate change with the people around them. We want to see the political stalemate replaced by multi-partisan support for strong climate action. We envision an Australia where industry, community and Governments of all levels are united in their commitment to reduce emissions at a scale and speed that will return a safe climate. Even though polling tells us that the vast majority of Australians say they support strong climate action, this doesn’t always translate into meaningful action. The two major political parties have been allowed to get away with climate policy that is deeply inadequate.
2. How did you first become interested in environmental issues?
3. What have been the biggest highlights of your journey so far?
Childhood family hike in Tasmania.
Signing the climate emergency declaration created by Climate for Change in 2017.
4. How do you engage with people that are not buying into the sustainability message?
5. Can you share a school sustainability project or story that you’ve heard about that stood out for you?
6. If you could be a sustainability superhero, what name would you choose and what powers would you have to make the world more sustainable into the future?
Something catchy like “Captain Psychology”, with the power to dissolve cognitive dissonance and other cognitive biases that stop us from seeing the threat of climate change and taking action commensurate with that threat.
7. Finally, we can’t ignore the fact that we’ve all played our part in keeping safe during lockdown here in Melbourne, and as a result we can now finally leave our homes and enjoy the many things we normally take for granted. What were you most looking forward to once restrictions eased?
Thank you Mike for sharing your story!
Learn more about climate change and how you can take action as an everyday Australian by visiting the Climate for Change website.