Don Burke, best known for his TV program ‘Burke’s Backyard’, recently retired as chair of the Australian Environment Foundation (AEF). He was at the helm of the organisation for three years and will continue to be a great ambassador for the environment.
As a practical environmentalist, it is not surprising that as Chair the AEF Don took a particular interest in the issue of woody weeds, visited western NSW on behalf of the AEF and did numerous radio and print media interviews on this topic.
Don also visited Tasmania in support of the pulp mill recognising it represents world’s best practice, spoke in support of waste water recycling for Toowoomba recognising water is precious and recycling sensible for a growing inland city, and of course was an advocate for nuclear power as the only carbon-neutral source of reliable base-load power available at this point in our history.
The moratoria on genetically modified crops were lifted in Victoria and NSW earlier in the year. Don is a staunch supporter of GM technology and spoke in favour of GM crops and the clear environmental benefits from their use.
The AEF may not have made a particularly large splash on any one of these issues, but the organisation and in particular Don’s involvement was another important brick in the wall; progressing a reasoned evidence-based approach on these important issues.
I am a founding member and director of the AEF and at a recent board meeting I agreed to take over as Acting Chair.
Our annual conference and AGM is just a few weeks away. The theme for this year’s AEF conference which will be held in Canberra over the weekend of 11-12 October is ‘A climate for Change’. Speakers specifically on this topic will include Stewart Franks, Bill Kininmonth, Bob Carter and Don Aitkin.
Why not join us and register for the conference http://www.aefweb.info/display/conference.html