Mary has a BA (Hons) in Peace Studies from the University of Ulster, an MA in International Relations (Wits) and is presently working towards her PhD (Rhodes) in Environmental Education. Her thesis uses a semiotic framework to describe and explore environmental risk and adopts a critical realist approach to justify presenting the text as a story. She has published two books: ‘Alfie the Earthworm and his Best Friend Nellie’; and “Beginners Guide to Earthworm Farming, simple ideas for a sustainable world”, published through Penguin books. She taught an environmental education course at the University of Cape Town as part of the Bachelor of Education (Hons) degree in 2006. She trained as an ISO 14001 auditor and is trained to conduct carbon footprint assessments using the GHG Protocol.
Mary has 16 years’ experience in environmental education, research, media and solutions-based environmental approaches. She has been involved in numerous environmental projects, including the ‘plastic bag campaign’ with former Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, Mohammed Valli Moosa. She co-ordinated ‘EEFriends’ an environmental education network, for three years, whose members included the WWF, IUCN, Table Mountain National Park, Provincial and Local government and the South African National Biodiversity Institute. She conceived and presented “Environmental Matters” on SAfm (104-107) every Monday at 8:30pm from August 2005 to March 2007. She also worked with Robert Swan on Mission Antarctica and co-ordinated the Findings Report team at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
Mary is the co-founder and Managing Director of FullCycle that offers sustainable strategy and implementation, environmental products, training and consulting in waste reduction.