After a very busy six months of events and activity at the AEGN, I am taking stock and rugging up against the winter chills down here in Melbourne. While I am deeply troubled by the state of our environment, I was filled with hope by the solutions shared by scientists, academics and environmental leaders at our Vision for Our Future conference last month. And I am inspired by the role that philanthropy is increasingly taking in making these solutions a reality. Rob Purves’ announcement of a $1 million challenge grant to match funding to halt land clearing in Queensland is a fantastic example of funders leading the charge. A number of AEGN members have told me since the conference that they will take up the challenge and increase their environmental giving to fund game changing work. We will share more on this and the Rob Purves challenge grant for land clearing soon. Over the coming year our plan is for the work of the AEGN to be more strategic and bold. We want to catalyse a substantial increase in environmental giving, based on the solutions that exist and are ready to be implemented now. Will you continue to work with us? I urge you to renew your membership and, if you haven’t already, to consider making a donation to support our work. The AEGN is almost entirely funded by member donations as our membership fee covers less than 5% of operating costs. Please contact the AEGN office if you would like me to present to you and your board about the future work and goals of the AEGN. Stay warm, Amanda Image: Amanda and panel from State of the Environment session at the AEGN 2017 conference.