Roxanne Highfold

Health Researcher, Alice Springs, NT

Published 5th October 2021

How do I know there is hope? Because the proof of hope is in how far we have come.

The environment is always on the forefront of my mind. As a local Arrernte woman, environmental awareness and sustainability for my people is an area I'm most passionate about.

I'm on a mission to work with my community to improve the understanding and knowledge of how climate disaster will affect people's health and wellbeing.

"As a community, we can unite to strengthen our collective voice and work towards solutions"

Roxanne Highfold

Health Researcher, Alice Springs, NT

Here in the heart of Australia, we are dealing with challenges around the future sustainability of our towns and communities.

Across the region, many of these communities and homelands are struggling to access water. But we are dealing with much more than water issues.

Fracking poses a massive threat. Our environment and water laws are weak. Having and sustaining electricity and power in the communities is difficult. Climate change just doesn't impact our environment, it impacts our health and wellbeing.

But as a community, we can unite to strengthen our collective voice and work towards solutions that apply pressure on the government to make better decisions for our future.

And we can do our own little bit at home to help by thinking more consciously about how we live and be proactive about changing our ways, eat, live and act with the environment in mind.

Roxanne works alongside the Arid Lands Environment Centre in Alice Springs

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