Tara highlights and addresses difficult truths about our impact on the planet and on each other.



To highlight and address difficult truths about our impact on the planet and on each other.


To bring hope and inspiration to people and to shine a light on the changes that will help us transition to new ways of living that is inclusive, sustainable and fair.



Director of Change by Degrees. Environment and Development Consultant. Adviser on climate justice. Co-Founder Plastic Free Kinsale.Public speaking and TV presenting. 

Dr Tara Shine is an expert with over 20 years’ experience in the fields of climate change, environment and sustainable development. Her clients include the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice, The Elders, governments, multilateral agencies and civil society organisations. Tara has negotiated for the EU in at the United Nations, informed climate and environment policy at national and international level and advocated for equity and justice in global agreements. 

Dr Shine is co-founder of the community initiative Plastic Free Kinsale which has mobilised a town of 5,000 people and a social media audience of half a million people to find alternatives to single use plastics. She is Director of the social enterprise, Change by Degrees which promotes convenient sustainability for communities and businesses. 

Tara presents wildlife and nature documentaries for the BBC and RTE. Her most recent series A Wild Irish Year, produced by award winning Crossing The Line Films, aired on RTE 1 in May 2018. She is the first woman living in Ireland to be selected for the global leadership programme for women in science, Homeward Bound. As part of this programme she will travel to Antarctica for a 3-week expedition in January 2019. 

Dr Shine holds a BSc in Environmental Science and a PhD in Geography from the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED). She is a keen sea swimmer and scuba diver and loves the great outdoors. 

“I want to help people to create and realise a positive vision for the future based on respect for rights, sustainability and equity.”


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