I’m Sally Shaw, Australian and originally from the UK. My father was a farmer in East Yorkshire who taught me the importance of caring for the environment. I’m married to Doug, an Australian (who works as a Public Health Physician and involved in Doctors for the Environment). From 1985-2007 I worked as a nurse/midwife in Cambodian refugee camp in Thailand; community development work in Cambodia, and later established a creative-arts organisation for people with disability. We moved to Adelaide in 2007. In 2010 I obtained a post grad dip in Creative Writing, 2013 a Master of Education, and 2016 a post grad dip in Theology. In 2019 completed a Master of Ministry with a focus on ecotheology and the creative arts. Now enrolled in DMin with the aim of developing an experiential arts-based eco-theology curriculum. I am a founding member of the board of directors of A Rocha Australia.
I live in the Adelaide Hills in South Australia (SA). Climate Change is deeply affecting the rainfall and our climate is becoming less predictable. As a result, farmers are suffering the effects of little or no rain, land is becoming unfarmable, fruit growers are losing their fruit. There are many more bushfires, some becoming increasing more dangerous and destructive. Fauna and flora are also being affected. However, there is a growing movement amongst farmers to employ regenerative farming practices, which are much more adaptable to changing climate and care of the natural environment http://www.nomadfarms.com.au/. More people are growing suitable flowers for the native bees as they are critical for pollination.