Leon Surawski is a Civil Engineer with an understanding of the complexity of human society’s dependence on the natural world for its existence and resilience. He has a long association with environmental issues from being involved with Griffith University’s instream fauna survey of Barker and Barambah Creeks, Mt Isa Landcare Group, mine rehabilitation in Western Australia and Nauru, road project environmental approvals and studying for a Masters in Sustainability Studies.
Leon comes to the presidency of DDEC with an understanding that life on earth is now dependent on the actions of humans who have created a new geological epoch called the Anthropocene. He is an advocate of resilience thinking for a better understanding of how to survive in a rapidly changing planetary ecosystem: “Anyone who believes exponential growth can go on forever in a finite world is either a madman or an economist” (Quote from speech by Kenneth Boulding to the U.S. Senate in 1973. Boulding was an economist, educator, political activist and interdisciplinary philosopher).