Background on Phil Stubbs
I’m an environmental journalist, producer, blogger and podcaster. Many of my stories have gone to air on Radio 2SER. (Sydney Educational Radio which broadcasts out of the University of Technology Sydney.) I live near the ocean in Sydney. My work keeps me in the city, but I’m really most at home when I’m off into the wild.
I have over 15 years experience in the media. I’ve worked as a journalist, corporate communication strategist, writer, producer, ad exec and media lecturer at university. In my spare time, I’ve been a DJ, film and music reviewer, surf instructor and outdoor guide. And I’ve done a stint as a communication manager for outdoor education organisation Outward Bound.
The whole environment thing
My interest in the environment goes back a long way. I’ve felt a connection to the natural world for as long as I can remember. It’s great to see it getting more attention in the media, but there’s plenty more to do to help people re-connect with the ‘real world’ – nature. I believe deep down we all sense that bond with nature, and the more we realise it the less likely we’ll be to trash the joint.
It’s also clear many of the answers to our current environmental challenges are just common sense and are staring us in the face. On The Environment Show we’ll be unearthing them and presenting them in ways which are easy for people to understand, so they become mainstream ideas rather than fringe ones.
Other environmental projects
I’m also convenor of Green Communicators, an international group of media professionals (journalists, writers, photographers, film-makers, TV producers, bloggers, event organisers, advertising and PR people) concerned about the environment or working directly promoting sustainability.
And I’ve been on a campaign to make the local street where I live more sustainable and liveable – Clovelly Road East Village.
Special thanks to the Stubbs family: my brother Matt for helping me get over I.T. hurdles, my sister Jen for her support and interest, my son Archie for his brilliant lateral thinking and humour, my dad John for introducing me to the ocean which I love so much, and my mum Joan for showing me the beauty of nature and the importance of making the most of every day on this earth. We miss you mum. You would have liked The Environment Show. (Though my grammar would have copped a shallacking.)
The photo of me above was taken by my son Archie. His first go ever using a camera. Not bad for a 3-year-old hey? (Mind you, I did have to kneel down to get in the shot.) We were on a walk in the Royal National Park, just south of Sydney. Royal was the second place in the world to be designated as a national park, and the first in Australia.