Melbourne Victory Women make difference to environment

Melbourne Victory Women was thrilled to support major sponsor Clear Solar in its inaugural Make Sustainability Your Competitive Advantage forum, held at Eureka Tower earlier this week.

Melbourne Victory Women was thrilled to support major sponsor, Clear Solar, in its inaugural Make Sustainability Your Competitive Advantage forum, held at Eureka Tower earlier this week.

Melbourne Victory Women players joined representatives from a number of corporate organisations of all shapes and sizes, eager to learn how they can make a difference in helping the environment.

Chief Executive of the WA Sustainable Energy Association Professor Ray Wills, seven-time world surfing champion Layne Beachley, and Melbourne Victory Women co-captain Tal Karp, were guest speakers at the event, which provided information on the importance of making the right environmentally sustainable decisions, and how these choices can benefit businesses and the environment.

Both Clear Solar and Melbourne Victory Women are concerned with the growth of their respective industries, not just for economic gain, but in the important contribution they make to the health and wellbeing of current and future generations.

Karp spoke about the importance of the Melbourne Victory Women's partnership with Clear Solar, pointing out that it's not the just the financial support, but the statement it makes in that being green matters, and that it's worth supporting women's football and encouraging women to lead healthy, active lives.

Beachley's inspirational speech provided an insight into what it takes to be a world champion, and the challenges she has faced in her life, including trying to compete in her chosen sport as a woman.

Beachley grew up in Sydney and at 16 joined the World Surfing Tour. However, life wasn't without its struggles for the talented surfer.

Beachley was adopted at birth, her mother died when she was just six years old, she suffered severe chronic fatigue syndrome for years, and she had to fight to become a world champion in the male-dominated sport of surfing.

Beachley also spoke of the importance of looking after the environment and how everyone can make a difference.

"I'm super enthusiastic about climate change, and changing the way people think," Beachley said.

"You have to have a positive attitude to achieve anything, including sustainability. It doesn't take much effort, but we all can make a difference."

Professor Wills provided information about climate change and the steps we can take to redress the situation.

"The world is changing, the world has changed, and it will continue to do so," Professor Wills said.

Professor Wills believes there's not enough being done to allow people to understand what the changes are, and that businesses play a vital role in making sure the environment is sustainable, saying "sustainable business makes business sense".

For more information on sustainable living, contact Clear Solar 1300 425 327.