Simon Gear, anchor presenter for SABC2’s eco show 50/50, Director of Kijani Green Energy and the author of Going Green (Penguin), shares his personal passions
What’s been taking up your time lately? I’m fascinated by the economic signals the environment sends to humans through the markets. It appears the Arab uprisings were catalysed by food prices which were, in turn, rising as a result of climate change and environmental degradation.
What’s been your greatest achievement? Consistently following a path that’s led me to do what I love for a living.
What do you love about your work? The flexibility. I work from home and completely control my own diary.
What green home gadget can’t you live without? Anything to do with the home office.
What’s your favourite local holiday destination? Undoubtedly the Kruger National Park.
Who are your heroes? I’m not a big hero person, but people who can turn their dreams into reality are fantastic.
Which trait do you most dislike in yourself? I wish I were better at focusing on one or two things and getting them launched. I tend to have too much on my plate at any one time.
What’s the last book you read? I’ve just gone through an Orson Scott Card binge, which was unusual for me. Before that I read On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society by Lt-Col Dave Grossman (Back Bay Books), which was darkly fascinating.
Your greatest regret? I made a shocking investment decision at age 29, which has effectively put me back a decade.
Your biggest fear? Not being self-sufficient in retirement.
Chicken, beef or veg? Whole roast chicken and a garden salad.
To read the full version of this story, go to page 132 of the March-April issue.