Five Degrees of Change

‘We need to build up our own capacity to become energy self-sufficient’ – Mark Mellett

As part of the Business Post’s Five Degrees of Change podcast, environmentalist Mark Mellett names both policy changes and personal aspirations for an ecologically robust world

Mark Mellett, former chief of staff of the Irish Defence Forces, set up his own company, Green Compass, to work on environmental issues full time. Picture: John Allen

While Mark Mellett is best known for his term as the Defence Forces chief of staff, he is also an avid environmentalist, holding a PhD in ecological governance. While his environmental interests span all aspects of nature, his initial focus was in the health of Ireland’s waters as a naval officer.

“I joined the naval service and I was very much involved in fisheries enforcement,” Mellett told the Business Post. “In the years that followed ...