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Tom Linnell
Teaching sustainability

Tom Linnell is an educator and sustainability coordinator at Tenison Woods College, SA, who has been driving meaningful systematic and cultural change in the space of sustainability for the past 10 years. He has been working side by side with regional students to facilitate a range of sustainability and climate initiatives. He has supported and guided the College and sector more broadly to undertake ambitious targets regarding resource and energy use. Linnell was awarded the South Australian Premier’s 2020 Climate Leader Award and has recently returned from a Churchill Fellowship, where he undertook a learning journey across Northern Europe to explore the intersection of the circular economy and education communities.  

Patrick Abboud is a Walkley winning journalist, TV presenter, broadcaster, and award-winning documentary maker. His popular digital first interview series #PatChat featuring pop stars, politicians and everyday people with extraordinary stories has clocked up more than 30 million views. He is the founder of irreverent news, current affairs, satire and long form documentary program The Feed on SBS TV. His work has taken him to 53 countries. In 2020, Cosmopolitan magazine named him one of Australia’s 50 most influential LGBTQI+ voices. 

With a growing number of students concerned about climate change, teachers are seizing the opportunity to empower young people to take charge of their futures. Tension Woods College teacher Tom Linnell is working with students leading ambitious climate initiatives, with the aim to take the school completely off-grid by 2030.  

This episode of 100 Climate Conversations will be available on December 8, 2023.

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