Director of Change by Degrees. Author. Adviser on environment, climate change and climate justice. Chair of the Board of Trustees of IIED. Member of Faculty of Homeward Bound. Science communicator, public speaker and TV presenter
Dr Tara Shine is Co-Founder and Director of the award winning social enterprise Change by Degrees, which provides sustainability advice to organisations and communities. With over 20 years’ experience in the fields of climate change, environment and sustainable development, Tara is an expert in policy, advocacy and movement building. Her clients include the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice, The Elders Foundation, 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 Chair of the Board of Trustees of the International Institute of Environment and Development and co-facilitator of the Structured Expert Dialogue (SED) of the 2nd Periodic Review under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, a process to monitor progress and enhance delivery on Paris Agreement goals.
Tara is passionate about inspiring change. She is author of ‘How to Save Your One Object At A Time’ published by Simon and Schuster. She presented the prestigious Royal Institution Christmas Lectures in 2020, which aired on BBC4 and most recently for RTE she presented the series, A Wild Irish Year, produced by award winning Crossing The Line Films, for RTE. Tara also presents wildlife and nature documentaries for the BBC, RTE and Channel 4.
Tara 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 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 travelled to Antarctica for a 3-week expedition with 90 women scientists from around the world. Tara is now a member Homeward Bound Faculty and is online and onboard visibility and science communications facilitator for the fifth programme.
Dr Shine holds a BSc in Environmental Science and a PhD in Geography from Ulster University, Northern Ireland. She was awarded the AIB Graduate of the Year Award By Ulster University in 2020. Tara is a keen sea swimmer and scuba diver and loves the great outdoors.