Two out of every three Australians currently live in or close to our capital cities, and this number is increasing.
In our rapidly expanding urban landscapes, our connection with-and access to-nature is diminishing to the detriment of our communities and environment. To create greener, more liveable cities we are engaging communities across Australia to bring nature back to our cities and urban fringes by restoring natural ecosystems and urban tree canopy cover for wildlife; improving water quality in our rivers and wetlands; building green corridors to help meet carbon neutral targets and creating open spaces for recreation.
Michael works as Science and Planning Manager for our Nature in Cities program. He holds qualifications in Landscape Management and Conservation and has worked for Greening Australia for more than eight years in a variety of roles.
Dr. Michelle Frankel is Greening Australia’s Community Conservation and Education Manager. She holds a PhD in behavioural ecology and was formerly the director of a nature education centre with the National Audubon Society, the leading bird conservation organisation in the US. Michelle has been leading urban and community-based conservation and environmental education initiatives for the past 20 years in the US, Israel and now Australia.