Speakers Profile - Emily Ehlers

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Emily Ehlers is an environmentalist, author and ​illustrator. Her superpower is taking heavy environmental issues and making them feel lighter, less terrifying and more hell-yes-lets-do-this-thing.

Back in 2018 she found herself upset with the messaging around issues of sustainability. It was all doom, gloom and algal bloom. Even she, a bona fide eco geek, felt devastatingly deflated. So she decided to try a different tactic. She would try her best to give 'going green' a rebrand and focus on solutions and story-telling, add in a squeeze of hope and (of course) a generous dollop of humour.

So she started sketching and writing and sharing and all the things, and the rest is history. Well, HERstory, actually.

Since then, Em's planet positive messages have travelled far across the rollicking hills of the interwebs. Her work has been widely shared and is highly recognisable for it's bright, bold and busy designs. She gets feedback daily that her art has helped turn environmental apathy into everyday action and this makes her very happy indeed.

Nowadays, Em works as an environmental writer, illustrator and professional speaker.

She is also a student (one of those old-ish sort of ones) and is completing her degree in Sustainable Development & International Aid at Murdoch University.

She has been referred to as an Eco Influencer, but that made her vomit in her mouth a little. Instead, she calls herself an Ambassador for Sustainable Stuff. Or ASS for short. Past clients have included SodaStream and National Geographic.

Em is a regular contributor for Peppermint Magazine and pops up in print all over the place. You can also see her featured on the Channel 7 feature, Rough Cuts, speaking about her work as an environmental artist. She is ever-delighted to see her work featured in places like Buzzfeed, The Huffington Post, MindBodyGreen, ABC, SBS Viceland and WWF.

In 2019 Em was awarded a New Colombo scholarship from the Australian Government and in conjunction with Edith Cowan University and travelled to Bhutan for a Sustainability and Business Tour. It was a life-changing experience for her and she will ruthlessly use any excuse she can to talk about it.