Having someone in my family with a chronic illness is challenging. My wife Amy has lupus, and a common cold can put her in hospital. My key focus is to keep Amy healthy, and she is vulnerable because she cannot be immunised against all diseases. I rely on the people around us to keep disease away from our family, so immunising my baby son is an essential part of that. By immunising him, I also protect other vulnerable members of the community, such as newborn babies.
I see protecting my baby and vulnerable members of the community through immunisation as part of my ethical values. As an engineer, I look at problems from a broader perspective, and try to consider things in an encompassing way. I try to use my skills to work towards solutions to the big problems.
I collaborated in the design and build of a pure electric vehicle and drove it around the world raising awareness of the importance of alternative energy. I wanted to demonstrate that this form of transport is practical and can be a reality. I was inspired to do this because I’m passionate about making a positive contribution to the world.
The same sense of social responsibility that drew me to the electric car project also informs my other lifestyle choices. I strive to reduce waste and impact. I use cloth nappies, recycle, eat local wholefoods and support local enterprises. I believe that ethical decisions are ones that work to the benefit of all members of society. Immunisation is one of those decisions.