John's Open Road

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  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Australia 2008

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Roxby Downs, South Australia AUS

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Season 5

  • ON DVD:

JOHN READ

Co-Founder/Ecologist
Arid Recovery Project

“You can see something as a threat, but also as an opportunity.”

INTERESTS:

Entrepreneurship Environment & Nature

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Dedication Experience Perseverance Planning

FOUNDATION:

Upholding a cause I believe in

TAGS:

animals, archaeology, change, conservation, desert, geology, making a difference, making decisions, mining, threats

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Grew up interested in playing outside, exploring rocks, catching lizards-says he just never really "grew up."
  • Went to school to study geology but discovered that rocks "really weren't his thing," he preferred animals.
  • Did a project studying the effect of a mining operation on an ecosystem and decided to start getting into conservatism.
  • Says that white Australians' lack of understanding of the land led to overgrazing, introduction of species that were harmful to the environment.
  • At the Arid Recovery Project, they purged a piece of land of all foreign species and started restoring it to its original state.
  • The property has already started to recover; he estimates that in 20-30 years, it'll be back to its natural condition.
  • Grew up in a city in Australia and now lives in the remote Outback, but he calls the move "liberating," rather than intimidating.
  • Doesn't think he's where he's at "for good," he sees his life continually changing and estimates he'll still make big changes down the line.

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