Michelle Nel is an associate journalist of Oxpeckers Investigative Environmental Journalism. She has worked as a freelance environmental journalist, photographer and editor for more than 20 years. She is a member of Al Gore's Climate Leadership Corps and was the first freelancer to win the SAB Environmentalist Journalist of the Year Award for print. She serves on the Linbro Park Environmental Monitoring Committee in Gauteng, South Africa's economic powerhouse, and has helped numerous non-governmental organisations with their communications strategies on issues ranging from people and parks to wetlands. She also works with disabled residents in Alexandra township on a food-gardening project.