“As we move into a more sustainable driven future, it’s vital that we learn how to better utilise space, that is, how we can effectively live in higher densities successfully.”
I was originally born in Penrith, as a child we moved around NSW quite a lot but, confident to say I can call Wollongong my home. I’m glad we decided to move to Wollongong because it was here that I fell in love with surfing, which had really made me appreciate the environment for everything that it provides us with.
I’m twenty years old and studying a Bachelor of Science – Human Geography at the University of Wollongong. I’m passionate about space and, how it is we utilise space in unsustainable ways. I’m very interested and motivated to change how we view the term space, and how changing this view will provide one platform to which sustainable practices can grow from. I’m particularly passionate about slums and, how it is they utilise space. As we move into a more sustainable driven future, its vital that we learn how to better utilise space, that is, how we can effectively live in higher densities successfully. Slums do an amazing job at being sustainable, maximising space and maintaining a strong sense of community.
Slums reject the notion of how sense of community is lost when living densities increase. Therefore, I believe that slums can provide one platform to which we can adopt sustainable ways of living in our future cities as we are going to have to live in higher densities.
During my school years I had little understanding of what it meant to be sustainable, let alone what sustainability even was. Now it’s what I live and breathe, what I’m most passionate about. It amazes me how such a serious issue goes largely ignored, treated with an ‘out of sight, out of mind’ style of thinking. I had a purposeful moment which, sparked a passion that I knew nothing about at the time, now it defines who I am.
Being a Young Sustainability Ambassador I am most excited to provoke those purposeful moments, those moments where you find your passion. By doing this we can empower younger generations to not only learn what is to be sustainable but, how it is they can create their own change. I hope to be able to look back in a year’s time and say that I’ve empowered others to create their own change.