Tom Burke: Turning passion into a mission

From green campaigner to adviser on all things environmental to business and government, Tom Burke tells Nadia Weekes how his desire to make things better drives everything he does.

Growing up in England’s West Country, Tom Burke developed an early passion for the beauty and magic of nature. A child of the 1960s, he enjoyed the cold waters of the Atlantic as a pioneer surfer while embracing the revolutionary spirit of the era’s countercultures. "There was a reflex to challenge things you didn’t like," is how he sums up that decade.

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