Sustainable living and conservation champion
TASState RecipientSenior Australian of the Year2017
A climate and sustainable living advocate, Margaret Steadman finds practical solutions to many of our challenging conundrums. As executive officer of Sustainable Living Tasmania and since her retirement, Margaret helps people understand the small steps that can make a big difference to the environment – from energy efficiency to low-carbon footprint end of life options. A founding member of Climate Action Hobart and the West Hobart Environment Network and a Council member of the Australian Conservation Foundation, Margaret has worked to influence the climate policy of the Tasmanian Government. She was the Hobart coordinator for the global People’s Climate March before the 2015 Paris Climate Summit, and has organised local lobbying of banks to divest of climate-damaging investments. Margaret has led community initiatives from bushfire-ready forums to a local suburban walking map. She also volunteers in the Migrant Resource Centre's refugee program and the Source Community Wholefoods Co-op and is a keen food gardener and electric bike rider. Quietly determined but never confrontational, Margaret works hard for people and planet.