Fire and Ice: reframing the narrative for effective leadership

Lily Brown1
1Parks Victoria


Current global leadership is failing to address our climate emergency, so what if we changed the narrative? With nearly 10 years’ experience as a forest fire fighter in Victoria, I’ve seen firsthand the impact of climate change on our National Parks. As a woman in fire, I’ve seen the positive impact women can make in a team and in leadership. Our planet is in crisis, we need everyone to work together to address the climate challenges we all face as a community, but often women’s voices are missing from leadership. I have just returned from the largest all-women expedition to Antarctica by 100 women in science from 33 countries. As part of the Homeward Bound program I learned about a new type of leadership, one that is collaborative, inclusive, legacy-minded, and trustworthy. It is vital that we work towards more proactive and inclusive leadership to help address our climate emergency.

Lily is a Community Engagement Ranger and Forest Firefighter with Parks Victoria. After training as a science teacher, she moved to a remote community in the NT and observed firsthand the benefits of learning in nature. Lily’s current role combines her passion in conservation education, and fire and emergency response. She is also passionate about climate action, and was trained by Al Gore as a Climate Reality Leader in 2019. Lily’s ongoing pursuit to inspire change sees her participating in Homeward Bound, a global training program for women in STEMM, to help her become a more courageous, authentic leader, and to help lead us into a sustainable future.

About OEA and Outdoors NSW

Outdoor Education Australia (OEA)  was established in 2006 as a national network of outdoor education associations. The organisation facilitates communication between state and territory outdoor education associations about the practice and delivery of outdoor education; advocates for outdoor education across primary, secondary and tertiary education; and provides policy advice.

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The peak body for the outdoors in NSW, the organisation, (formerly known as ORIC), represents the outdoor community, advances outdoor standards, safety and practices, and fosters greater participation in the outdoors.

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