Bridget Ringdahl

National coordinator, Wessa/WWF eco-schools programme

Bridget Ringdahl is the national coordinator of Wessa/WWF Eco-Schools Programme in South Africa. Now in its seventh year, the programme provides support for environmental learning and management at over a thousand schools. After completing an honours degree in environmental and geographical science at the University of Cape Town, Ringdahl won a scholarship to study a master's in environmental sciences at Lund University in Sweden. Ringdahl has also coordinated environmental education projects in five Southern African Development Community countries, developed resource material for Wessa and volunteers at the Duzi Umgeni Conservation Trust. But Ringdahl is better known as the Blonde on a Bike, following the success of two volumes of her traveller's tales about her epic cycling trips through Asia and South America. She downplays the challenges of the months she spent pedalling through remote regions of the world. "The most scary thing about it, is deciding to do it,� she says. � Faranaaz Parker

Lunch spot: Cafe Blom, Mooi River