Our Ambassadors

Julia Barnes

“I believe that to inspire change and action in the environment space, it is imperative that we spread the positive messages that demonstrate that our actions can make a difference to our environment, health, carbon impact and economy.”

I am a country girl from the north-west NSW agricultural town of Narrabri. I fell in love with the Illawarra region during my University studies and after years away travelling and living in Victoria, I am excited to be returning to the beautiful Illawarra- where the mountains meet the sea.

I am an environmental scientist and educator with a background in sustainability consulting, project management and program design. I have a lot of experience facilitating sustainability projects and events within schools and am currently working as a Catchment Program Coordinator for Water NSW. I love creating opportunities for people of all ages to connect with nature, and recognise why the environment is important to them personally.

I believe that creating opportunities for nature connection for adults and children is very important, especially with our technology movement- the need for people to spend time outside is paramount. After all, how can we encourage people to protect what they do not love?

One of the aims of my work is to empower individuals to act in their own way to protect and look after our world and would love the concept of sustainability to become incorporated into all aspects of society.

My individual motivations have always stemmed from a love of animals and nature. When I was younger, I thought my path would lead me to veterinary science, however the more I learnt about the world and different forms of environmental and cultural destruction, the more I decided that it is also humans that we need to work with to protect our beautiful wildlife and flora and act for climate change.

I believe that to inspire change and action in the environment space, it is imperative that we spread the positive messages that demonstrate that our actions can make a difference to our environment, health, carbon impact and economy. I continue to communicate and connect with people and organisations that foster sustainability and conservation on a global scale to hear peoples’ stories, what is important to them and discover new ways to live harmoniously with the world to help the movement grow.

I am excited to be a part of the Young Sustainability Ambassador Program to engage with youth and educators in the area and to celebrate the amazing number of people who are acting to protect the local environment in small and large ways every day.

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” Anne Frank.