Dear Sir David
You have, without a doubt, always been my biggest inspiration.
As a child, I had a passionate interest in the protection and care of the environment. I was involved in Scouts for eight years, developing my knowledge and love for the Australian bush. But it was through watching your documentaries from an early age that I developed a desire to ensure that my working life could be in some way devoted to the natural world that surrounds, protects and nourishes us.
It was largely due to studying your work at the BBC and the pioneering attitude you applied to documentary film-making that led me to complete my undergraduate degree in film and media studies. I then carried this interest into the world of youth and independent publishing, politics and eventually the human rights and development work that I now undertake.
When I started my political career in the employ of one of the Australian Greens Senators, my father reminded me of a simple yet powerful memory. He showed me a drawing I made at the tender age of five. It features giant towering ghost gum trees, dwarfing a small, lopsided figure. In scrawled writing next to this reads ‘wen I grow up I want to bee a park ranger’. I know that you were the inspiration for this dream. As my father said at the time ‘you’re pretty close.’
I just want to thank you for the beautiful, respectful, engaging and incredible contribution you have had to mine and others lives.