Corrina is the Founder and Executive Director of Seres - a project based in Guatemala that facilitates sustainable, grassroots community development and climate change adaptation through education, working side-by-side with at-risk communities to restore our Earth and create a thriving, just and sustainable world.
Seres is currently in expansion phase and is building the Seres Centre - a working demonstration centre where people, ideas and resources come together to find innovative solutions to help at-risk communities build resilience to climate change threats.
Corrina founded Seres after living and working in Guatemala where she witnessed first-hand the hardships that climatic changes were having on the lives of poor subsistence farmers. Frustrated by the fact that many of the hardships she witnessed could be alleviated through education, forewarning and simple technological solutions, Corrina decided to move to Guatemala and start a project working ot help these affected communities.
In 2007, Corrina resigned from her position as Head of Engineering Projects for Macquarie Bank to undertake a 3-month volunteer internship in Guatemala working with a group called the Appropriate Infrastructure Development Group (AIDG), whose mission was to bring affordable and environmentally sound infrastructure to poor rural communities. After volunteering for almost a year, she returned home to Australia and once again started working with Macquarie - this time in the field of sustainability and climate change – assisting businesses with the transition to a low-carbon economy. However the more she became involved in this work and the greater exposure she had to the ongoing political, scientific and economic debates about which steps should be taken and by whom, the more she. was struck by the bitter irony of it all – an irony that we are now all too familiar with. Not only will the world’s most vulnerable citizens be the first and hardest hit by climate change (individuals that are least responsible for the current situation) but the majority of these individuals are not even aware that “climate change” exists, and that their future was (and still is) being hotly debated. In late 2008, Corrina made the decision to leave her job, her home, her life and her family and return to Central America to find a solution to these pressing issues.
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