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Elyse Cunningham

Aug 23, 2022

I grew up in the Blue Mountains, NSW on Dharug and Gundungurra Country, and moved down to Naarm in late 2018 where I am currently living and working on Wurundjeri Country. My...

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Erin Killion

Aug 23, 2022

I am an organiser in Muloobinba (Newcastle), working to ensure there are plenty of secure jobs in the Hunter going into the future regardless of what happens in the coal market.  I...

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Fiona McWhirter

Jun 25, 2022

I am a mum of 5, nurse and Central Queensland campaigner for Healthy Futures. A grassroots organisation enabling health professionals to work together to encourage transmission from coal fired power stations to...

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C Bennet

Jun 06, 2022

I am a 25 year-old Climate Campaigner with Mackay Conservation Group, located in Central Queensland. I recently graduated from the University of Queensland with a dual degree in Laws and Commerce, and...

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Ronald Raukhan Bin Swani

May 18, 2022

I am a Bard (Aboriginal) and Samsep (Torres Strait Islander) person from Lombadina Community/Broome in the West Kimberley region. I grew up in a nice tropical area, a few cyclones but more...

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Lulkbudia Mclean

May 13, 2022

I am a proud Miriwoong Gadjerong person from Kununurra in the East Kimberley region, currently living on Whadjuk Noongar country (Perth WA). I am an artist, DJ and campaigner on the Raise...

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Melissa Twyford

May 09, 2022

I am committed to helping enable others make positive social change that contributes to more sustainable, stronger, more connected, functional communities and landscapes.  I draw on my experiences in human rights, refugee...

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Munira Chowdhury

Apr 04, 2022

Munira Chowdhury is an Analyst at Market Forces. Her role is to provide detailed research and analysis to inform Market Forces campaigns, to shift finance away from environmentally damaging projects towards projects that deliver solutions to...

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Sujan Selventhiran

Apr 04, 2022

I'm an advocate for human rights and strong believer in providing permanent pathways to all the refugees who have been accepted by the Australian government. I founded Upcycled Tech which has a...

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Pat Simons

Apr 01, 2022

I coordinate the Yes2Renewables campaign at Friends of the Earth (FoE) Melbourne, a collective of citizens based around Victoria working together to accelerate the transition to renewable energy. In the past 2-3...

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Julie Fraser

Mar 31, 2022

I grew up on Turrbal land, Brisbane, on the shores of beautiful Moreton Bay. I was involved in student activism campaigning against the excesses of the Bjelke-Petersen government and attacks on unionism,...

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Shoi Sengupta

Mar 31, 2022

I am a climate activist and organiser residing on Wurundjeri country, Naarm, where I have grown up. I come from a Bengali community with strong connections to Kolkata (India), where I first...

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Kate Healey

Mar 31, 2022

I am Kate Healey. I work for RE-Alliance as a Transmission Advocate. I'm keen to further develop skills in campaigning and organising. I have many years experience working for Government but am...

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Simona Holzer

Mar 31, 2022

I'm passionate about saving our planet from the impacts of climate change. I think the only way I know how to achieve a more sustainable way of living is by empowering people...

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Scott Abbinga

Mar 31, 2022

I am currently an organizer with Healthy Futures - a grassroots climate action group of health professionals and students pressuring AGL to switch to renewable energy. We previously helped pressure HESTA to...

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Imo Kuah

Mar 31, 2022

I'm Imo, I use they/them pronouns and I live and work on Gadigal Land in Warrang (so-called Sydney). I started organising as a student volunteer with School Strike 4 Climate at the...

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Joshua Hoye

Mar 31, 2022

I'm extremely passionate about workers rights and youth issues. I believe we have a massive issue in this country that there is a lack of opportunities for young people to be involved...

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Chloe Badcock

Mar 31, 2022

Having grown up in rural Tassie, I'm passionate about empowering rural communities who have suffered environmental injustices and ensuring they are not left behind in the transition away from coal.  I currently...

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Tania Kromoloff

Mar 31, 2022

I love living bayside and feeling that connection to the water, land and animals is what motivates me to try and protect them. My friends and family are important to me and...

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Joannie Lee

Mar 31, 2022

I am currently the community organiser for Democracy in Colour, a racial and economic justice organisation in Australia.  Born in Malaysia and only moving to Australia when I was in my teens,...

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Tenielle Dunkley

Mar 31, 2022

I am a communicator at heart and have travelled the world over the past decade learning how people from diverse cultures can empower each other. I've organised international programs for young entrepreneurs...

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Dominique Jacobs

Mar 31, 2022

I became heavily involved in climate activism when my local community at Gloucester Worimi/ Biripi Country was beset upon by the coal and gas industry. This was a real eye opener for...

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Ajar Sana

Jul 25, 2021

I'm joining from Ngunnawal and Ngambri Country with advocacy and policy experience in gender-based violence, disability justice and youth issues. At the heart of disability justice is community organising so though I...

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Zoe Grant

May 28, 2021

I am currently the Community Organiser at Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Australia and through my role I am helping to start up refugee action groups across Sydney. Through this I support parishes...

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Will Potter

May 28, 2021

Being a proud Gundungurra man I have always been connected to Country and its story. As I grew aware of the threat that the climate crisis posed to Country, I felt an...

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Tony Goodfellow

May 28, 2021

I am currently the Victorian/Tas Community Organiser at RE-Alliance where we are working on climate action through the transition towards 100% renewable energy. A big focus is making sure regional communities make...

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Sunny Hungerford

May 28, 2021

When I started to volunteer with Mackay Conservation Group and Frontline Action on Coal in 2017 I began to see both the great results and challenges with community organising. My deep commitment...

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Shay Leighton

May 28, 2021

I’ve been involved in politics, protest and community organising in one form or another for as long as I can remember. Most of the time is was spent organising small activist groups...

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Raimundo Miralles

May 28, 2021

I am currently working as a Campaigner at Environment Victoria, where our main focus is to drive Victoria away from fossil fuels and to build a state where we can thrive within...

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Michael McGrath

May 28, 2021

I grew up around the ocean on NSW’s South Coast. I studied political science, majoring in international relations and took a keen interest in human rights and progressive politics. During time overseas,...

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Mateja Simovic

May 28, 2021

I’ve been an activist from a young age with my parents bringing me along to anti-war protests when I was a young child. Although I was a bit young to understand the...

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Lille Madden

May 28, 2021

I am a proud Arrernte, Bundjalung and Kalkadoon woman from Gadigal country. After working at Taronga Conservation Society in the Australian Fauna Precinct, I worked as the Natural Areas Aboriginal Heritage Officer...

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Kimberley Croxford

May 28, 2021

I grew up in a rural area of so-called Victoria. The Black Saturday bushfires were a catalyst in my life and the first time I grieved the wildlife and bush that I...

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Joshua Sean Nichols

May 28, 2021

I am a 22 year old living in Tasmania. I grew up in Western Victoria and have always been passionate about nature and connection with nature. This connection bloomed when I moved...

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Jane MacAllister

May 28, 2021

In the late 80s, while door-knocking suburban Adelaide, volunteering for Greenpeace, i realised the power of conversation in active listening, raising awareness, and debunking myths. With a diploma in Experiential Astrology and...

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Hugh Nicklason

May 28, 2021

A newcomer to community organising, I first got involved in the wake of COVID-19 after moving home to Tasmania from overseas. Beginning in the sphere of environmentalism, I got involved with grassroots...

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Hannah Ekin

May 28, 2021

I currently work for Arid Lands Environment Centre on the campaign against fracking and new gas developments in Central Australia and the NT. My work involves building an alliance of activists, experts...

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Grace Vegesana

May 28, 2021

I am the first Western Sydney Organiser for the Australian Youth Climate Coalition (AYCC), Organising Support Officer for Democracy in Colour, and a proud 21 year old woman-of-colour fighting for climate &...

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Geoff Bice

May 28, 2021

I get to organise with a range of amazing people on different campaigns thanks to my role with the Uniting Church WA in their Social Justice team. Whether it’s campaigns for the...

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Fahimah Badrulhisham

May 28, 2021

I am a Muslim, and I believe an intersectional approach is crucial for climate justice. I am also a registered architect, and I started my own practice in 2019 that focuses on...

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Emma-Leigh Synott

May 28, 2021

I am a medical doctor working as a Consultant Physician in Rehabilitation, at the State Spinal Injury Rehabilitation Unit, Perth. I have had a passion for Environmental protection for many years and,...

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Emily Jones

May 28, 2021

I have long been passionate about environmental issues and the role that community organising can play to address them. I first became exposed to the power of community organising in high school,...

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Ella Shi

May 28, 2021

I’m the Digital and Communications Organiser the Migrant Workers Centre. Our organisation works alongside the union movement to empower migrant workers to fight for their rights at work. We also lead campaigns...

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Carly Robertson

May 28, 2021

My journey into climate activism started with a conversation. I was a guest at Climate for Change conversation in 2016, and from there I was inspired to become a volunteer facilitator, and...

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Bella Himmelreich

May 28, 2021

I work at the Young Workers Centre in Canberra, equipping young workers with the tools they need to fight for their rights at work. I also volunteer with Tomorrow Movement, organising and...

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Tamika Sadler

May 28, 2021

Tamika is a proud Aboriginal, Torres Strait and South Sea woman, currently studying a Bachelor of Environmental and Marine Science. Tamika is passionate about climate change, education, human rights and health. Tamika also works at SEED,...

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Shara Teo

May 28, 2021

My formative experience with community organising was through the union movement. I started out as an organiser at the National Union of Workers and am now coordinating several teams of organisers at the United Workers Union....

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Minna Featherstone

May 28, 2021

I first discovered community organising through volunteering with my uni’s fossil free divestment campaign. I met a lot of amazing people and found that being part of a community taking action gave me hope, alongside...

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Melissa Gray

May 28, 2021

After years of voluntary hands on river restoration work on the Macquarie River, I was exposed to the complex and emotional world of Murray Darling Basin water management in December 2016. Since that time, I...

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Lou de Mattia

May 28, 2021

I'm currently working as a sustainability projects officer at COOLmob, the sustainable living initiative of the peak environmental lobby community organisation, Environment Centre NT. Our campaigns focus on energy efficiency education, advocating for climate and tropics...

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Lisa Cliff

May 28, 2021

I currently work with Environment Tasmania on an ocean protection campaign. My work is focused on cleaning up the salmon farming industry; I work with chefs and consumers to raise awareness around the practices...

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Jilly Middleton

May 28, 2021

I currently work with Environment Tasmania (https://www.et.org.au/) on an ocean protection campaign. My work is focused on cleaning up the salmon farming industry; I work with chefs and consumers to raise awareness around the practices...

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Jasmine Story

May 28, 2021

I was involved in many different environmental campaigns before I cut my teeth in the Fossil Free campaign, at Deakin University. For me it all clicked into place when Richard Di Natale joined us at...

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Hayley Sestokas

May 28, 2021

Growing up in Latrobe Valley, Victoria, Hayley is now based on Birri Gubba lands in Central Queensland. Since 2013, she has been working with impacted First Nations and non-indigenous communities on the frontlines of dangerous fossil...

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Hannah Schuch

May 28, 2021

My first leap into community organising and activism first arose during my time at UQ when I joined the fight for divestment with Fossil Free UQ. I quickly took on the responsibility of leading the...

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Edie Shepherd

May 28, 2021

Edie Shepherd is a proud Wiradjuri and Noongar woman and senior organiser at Original Power. She has worked as a youth worker, community organiser and campaigner within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, as well as...

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Ed Mortimer

May 28, 2021

After years of studying and working as an Industrial Designer, I realised that the design issues of our world couldn’t be solved by objects - but by people working together. That moment of clarity...

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Dwayne Coulthard

May 28, 2021

I am a proud Adnyamathanha and Kokatha man from South Australia. I’m currently working as a community organiser with Original Power which is a small community focused organisation that aims to build the power of...

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Cari Lin

May 28, 2021

The day after the 2019 federal election, I joined the climate movement. Since then, I've discovered that action is the best antidote to despair. I am passionate about organising the newly activated grassroots movement that...

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Bernard Tonkin

May 28, 2021

Passionate about social justice & the environment he dropped out of Uni to go woofing, joined a Catholic sustainable lifestyle community , became a carpenter and went to the Philippines on an...

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Ashley Rose

May 28, 2021

I am a proud Cammeraygal man,Lead Organiser at the FSU 8 years organising experience, union activist for 16 years and 20 years activist experience in First Nations social justice and cultural protection...

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Alicia Walter

May 28, 2021

Growing up on a biodynamic farm in country Victoria entrenched my connection with the environment from a young age. I was so lucky to see my parents working with nature, be able to...

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Alex Cassie

May 28, 2021

Former diplomat (UNFCCC, Mexico, WTO in reverse order) now building on those skills domestically as Political and Community Organiser at the AMWU WA in my hometown Perth. Working to build workers' power to create communities...

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Aleesha Hanczakowski

May 28, 2021

Engaging with grassroots organising for climate justice alongside my studies had me hooked on the role of community organising and the effectiveness of collective action. Working with the AYCC, convening the WA...

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Phil Winzer

May 28, 2021

I am first and foremost a Ngarabul & Wirrayaraay Murri from so-called New England, Northern New South Wales, and have been actively involved in fighting for Aboriginal rights and to protect country...

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Zoe Buckley-Lennox

May 28, 2021

I slipped down the slippery slope of activism almost eight years ago now, after I started getting involved in many local activist groups in Brisbane. It wasn’t until I took action at...

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Sajit Shakya

May 28, 2021

My 10 years’ experience as an organiser, I have organised in several sectors namely; Home care, Early Childhood Education & Care, Commercial Cleaning, School Cleaning, and Casino has given me the insight...

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Sabine Walther

May 28, 2021

I have always loved nature. Being out in the forest or in the ocean makes me incredibly happy and gives me peace. Almost all of my most wonderful and powerful experiences in...

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Rob Rose

May 28, 2021

Robert Rose is a passionate nature lover who has worked with The Wilderness Society for nearly three years. He has had a number of achievements including working on campaigns such as ending deforestation in...

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Rebecca Langley

May 28, 2021

Rebecca is passionate about ending discrimination and addressing inequality by working with communities and organisations to amplify their voices and create the social changes that they want for their people. Rebecca has...

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Rebecca Howarth

May 28, 2021

I started campaigning for environmental issues at aged 10. I went on to be President of the Environmental Society at University whilst studying Ecology and Conservation. I have worked in ecology and...

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Peter Arndt

May 28, 2021

I grew up in the Bjelke-Petersen era in Queensland and learned a lot about community campaigning through mainstream political action in the Labor Party in my home town of Ipswich. The election...

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Oneal Waromi

May 28, 2021

I am West Papuan human right activist and a performer for The Change: Revolutionary HipHop Theatre here in Wurundjerri land. It is the fruit of United Struggle Project, a music project that...

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Nicole Sleeman

May 28, 2021

I am a General Practitioner, currently based in Cairns, far north Queensland. I became involved in environmental advocacy in response to my own distress about environmental exploitation, followed by an increasing knowledge...

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Melissa Abel

May 28, 2021

I am predominantly a stay-at-home mum and am new to community organising, having only really started my journey a bit over a year ago, but I’ve thrown myself enthusiastically into multiple volunteer...

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Melinda Millen

May 28, 2021

I am a Network Organiser with Climate Action Network Australia, supporting members by building relationships and their capacity to organise as well as coordinating events and meetings for member collaboration. I’m based on the...

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Matthew Curry

May 28, 2021

I started my journey fighting for climate justice when I fell ill in high school. During that time fighting illness I resolved to use my energy to help other people – I...

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Margaret Pestorius

May 28, 2021

Margaret Pestorius is a long-term peace activist who lives on the Land of the Walubara Yidindji – Gimuy. She started as a forest activist using nonviolence with the legendary Melbourne Rainforest Action Group which...

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Maggie McKeown

May 28, 2021

My first taste of organising was volunteering with the Whitsunday Residents Against Dumping (WRAD) and since then I have been hooked. Uniting and activating people to protect our communities and environment feeds...

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Lucy Graham

May 28, 2021

I grew up in far north Queensland in between the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area and the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, a childhood that taught me a keen passion for...

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Karen (Kaz) Uy

May 28, 2021

Growing up in the beautiful islands of the Philippines, I have always felt a strong sense of connection and belonging to the ocean. I’d lose track of time and be mesmerised by...

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Jimmy Stanton-Cooke

May 28, 2021

I’m a passionate earthling who loves this Planet Earth. I have been been an environmental activist for 25 years. It distress me that humanity has inflicted such damage in such a short...

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Janette Huston

May 28, 2021

I was voluntarily involved in Landcare for more than 25 years starting with Greening Australia‘s Ribbons of Green program, then secretary for nearly 20 years to the Wooroloo Brook LCDC (Landcare ). I...

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Emma Horsburgh

May 28, 2021

I’m currently a Community Organiser at Environment Victoria, where we are working to transition Victoria away from fossil fuels and towards 100% renewable energy. My work focuses on building a network of volunteers...

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Emma Bleasel

May 28, 2021

I was first introduced to the wonderful world of community organising when I completed a fundamentals course while working at The Wilderness Society in 2017. I was amazed at the power of the community...

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Emily Kain

May 28, 2021

I fell in love with community organising at Australian Youth Climate Coalition (AYCC)’s 2015 national summit. There, I learned about the many layers of injustice that will be brought about or worsened by climate...

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Angie Judd

May 28, 2021

After finishing my undergraduate degree in mid-2017 I went along to an event called Power Shift, where I was I introduced to power of organising by the Australian Youth Climate Coalition (AYCC). I began...

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Alice Eggleston

May 28, 2021

I am a Registered Nurse with a Master of Public Health based in Sydney, grew up in Newcastle. Currently a campaign organiser for the Climate and Health Alliance, mobilising health professionals to take...

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Aisha de Barros Lopes

May 28, 2021

My first involvement in campaigning was through my participation in rallies and petitions whilst living and studying in Melbourne from 2013 to 2016. It was while living in the big city that...

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Wendy Farmer

May 28, 2021

Wendy Farmer’s community organising experience was like being thrown into the deep end & learning to swim. It started with the catastrophic Hazelwood Mine fire. During this unprecedented disaster, the community’s health concerns...

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Vicki Perrin

May 28, 2021

Vicki Perrin works with Lock the Gate Alliance as regional coordinator for the Wide Bay Burnett in Qld. I was plunged into the world of community organising in 2013. I have been coordinating the campaign in...

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Tejopala Rawls

May 28, 2021

Tejopala Rawls is one of two paid part-time Community Organisers for the Australian Religious Response to Climate Change. This involves organising people of faith on the transition away from coal and towards renewable energy....

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Sophie Underwood

May 28, 2021

Sophie Underwood is the Founder of the Freycinet Action Network, a community group advocating for the protection of the natural and cultural values of the Freycinet Peninsula on Tasmania’s east coast. I have been...

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Siobhan Isherwood

May 28, 2021

I am currently working at the Australian Wind Alliance as a Communications Coordinator. At the moment we are campaigning for solid renewable energy policy beyond 2020. I have varied experience through both paid and...

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Shar Molloy

May 28, 2021

I have been part of communities and organising action for shared visions since I lived in my first intentional community in Scotland in 1996. I was the coordinator for Resource Work Co-operative where we...

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Richard Yin

May 28, 2021

I work part-time as a GP within a suburban general practice. I am the WA chair of Doctors for the Environment Australia and was instrumental in the convening of RenewWA, a collective of organisations advocating...

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Ray Yoshida

May 28, 2021

I cut my campaign teeth as a campus organiser with Fossil Free ANU before working for 350 Australia as the National Campus Coordinator. I love the combination of relational skills and almost mathematic approach that good...

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Rakchanok (Nokkie) Sothanaphaisan

May 28, 2021

I have been an organiser with United Voice for  almost 12 years. United Voice is a union that represent many different industries. I came from one of the industries that are covered by my...

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Rachel Lynskey

May 28, 2021

While in high school I learnt about climate change, at the same time as seeing our elected leaders failing to take the action we needed to protect people and planet. I got...

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Nicole Hutton

May 28, 2021

As a young person in the movement, I am proud to be at the early stages of my community organising journey. I started as a volunteer with the Australian Youth Climate Coalition, and...

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Michael Leahy

May 28, 2021

Over the past two years I have worked (as a volunteer) on a number of grassroots environmental campaigns, predominantly with 350.org. I assisted with the Pollution Free Politics and Mana Moana campaigns before taking...

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Kristy Walters

May 28, 2021

I was first introduced to organising through the environment collective at my university and became heavily involved in the Australian Student Environment Network from 2005 to 2011 organising around climate change and food co-ops....

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Kara Stuart

May 28, 2021

I have been volunteering as a Community Organiser with the Women’s Climate Justice Collective for the last nine months. This has involved building relationships with women around Australia to initiate dialogue about the intersection...

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Jesse Hancock

May 28, 2021

My community organising experience has largely come from the work I did in the union movement. My first few years were spent organising with early childhood educators, and homecare workers. This organising...

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Jarrad Thomas

May 28, 2021

I have been involved with the Frack Free movement in my area since its conception in March 2016. Our local group is Frack Free Central Midlands (Moora) and we work closely with Lock The Gate...

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Jane Morton

May 28, 2021

Most of my experience is organizing and supporting grassroots climate groups that support emergency action on the climate crisis. I was on the organising committee of the Climate Emergency Network for a...

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David Cazzulino

May 28, 2021

Ever since I first heard about plans to open up the Galilee Basin and industrialise the Great Barrier Reef coast, I’ve been involved in community organising on this issue. I volunteered with...

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Clancy Read

May 28, 2021

I have always had a passion for the environment and animals and since starting medicine I have realised how big of an impact climate change is having on human health. I joined Doctors...

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Caspian Bahramshahi

May 28, 2021

I started my journey as an organiser straight out of high school with the Australian Youth Climate Coalition. Over three years I worked up to a role as a state fundraising coordinator and...

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Bronya Lipski

May 28, 2021

I am a lawyer with Environmental Justice Australia, a not-for-profit legal center that specializes in using the law (both litigation and law reform) to protect nature and defend the rights of communities...

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Bhaval Chandaria

May 28, 2021

In 2016 I began working on the Greenpeace Ban the Bag campaign in WA, which focused on building community support for a state-wide ban on single-use plastic bags, and then utilising this support to approach...

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Anna Bateman

May 28, 2021

Throughout my working life, I have always been fascinated by what motivates and inspires change to create a more just society—in particular through work with communities. In the early 2000s, I was...

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Angus Ralton

May 28, 2021

I am the current joint chair for the Limestone Coast Protection Alliance and have had role in organising family fun days and protest groups. I have been involved in organising a fund raising family...

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Alex Morales

May 28, 2021

I have been with United Voice for 11 years and I have experience in most of our areas of coverage. We have many areas of coverage but I came from cleaning and it’s where...

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Wes Young

May 28, 2021

Wes Young has worked as a journalist reporting on community campaigns, as a communications advisor engaging with community campaigns and as a lawyer advising on community campaigns. He defines community organising as a...

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Stella Comyn

May 28, 2021

Stella Comyn is a community organiser working in Newcastle. Her focus is on grassroots environmental and social activism, including the Newcastle Climate Justice uprising, the Shut Youth Prisons campaign, Food Not Bombs and...

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Shannon Hurley

May 28, 2021

Shannon Hurley is a Great Barrier Reef campaigner for the Australian Marine Conservation Society. The role entails responsibility for mobilising the South East Queensland community and increasing political commitment to protect the Great Barrier...

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Samuel Dariol

May 28, 2021

Samuel Dariol works as an organiser with Jesuit Social Services to build, mobilise and maintain support in the Catholic community for a compassionate and welcoming approach to people seeking asylum in Australia. This...

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Rachel Deans

May 28, 2021

Rachel Deans works with Market Forces where she supports people to attend Annual General Meetings in order to motivate companies to address climate change. She also volunteers with Healthy Futures, meeting with health professionals to support them to...

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Murrawah Johnson

May 28, 2021

Murrawah Johnson is a spokesperson and campaigner for the Wangan and Jagalingou Family Council. In 2016, Murrawah was a member of the team that organised and mobilised over 100 Wangan and Jagalingou people in their...

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Michael Kane

May 28, 2021

Michael Kane has worked more than 20 years as a community organiser in the Australian environmental movement. He’s had the privilege to work for Lock the Gate, Clean Air Queensland (which he founded),...

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Keith Huang

May 28, 2021

Keith Huang works with 350.org Australia in their university divestment campaign as the Campus Digital and Comms coordinator. This work entails supporting grassroots fossil fuel divestment groups in digital organising and storytelling. For the past...

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John Edye

May 28, 2021

John Edye has been working on community issues in his local district, inland from the NSW Central Coast, for nearly four years, as a member of the Mountain Districts Association. His community faced the possibility of...

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Jacqui Mumford

May 28, 2021

Jacqui Mumford is the Network Organiser for the Nature Conservation Council New South Wales. She supports member groups as we hasten the transition from coal fired power to renewable energy. This means supporting member...

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Jacki Turner

May 28, 2021

Jackson Turner works with the Queensland Conservation Council as an organiser and campaigner on climate and biodiversity issues. His work involves working on campaign and organising strategy, supporting QCC’s member groups, managing online communication, writing...

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Jack Redpath

May 28, 2021

Jack Redpath is a community organiser and digital designer, currently working with the Tasmanian Conservation Trust, Tasmania’s longest operating conservation group. Previously, Jack has been involved with divestment campaigning with the fossil free universities...

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Jack Bertolus

May 28, 2021

Jack Bertolus is Research Coordinator at Market Forces where he works on the Banks Campaign – an initiative to shift bank finance away from environmentally destructive fossil fuel projects and into those that protect and...

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Ian Lisser

May 28, 2021

Ian Lisser is a core team member of the Sydney Campaigners Network, a network of over 400 organisers, campaigners and activists. He also works with both GetUp, Amnesty International and 350.org.  Ian’s background includes different organising...

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Harriett Leadetter

May 28, 2021

Harriett Leadetter‘s formative experiences were with the Australian Youth Climate Coalition, and volunteering on the 2016 Federal Election with the Australian Conservation Foundation’s organising team.  She is currently working for the Victorian Trades Hall Council as a Campaign...

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Elle Lawless

May 28, 2021

Elle Lawless is coordinator of the Political Action Team and co-coordinator of the #StopAdani group with 350 Canberra. Her team is working towards a just transition for the ACT, ensuring Canberra’s pathway to reaching...

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Clancy Morrison

May 28, 2021

Clancy Morrison‘s experience as an organiser began in 2013, working in Brisbane to mobilise community members and raise funds to support the Maules Creek coal mine blockade. Since then he has worked on a...

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Chantelle McKenna

May 28, 2021

Chantelle McKenna is a digital organizer with the Together union in QLD and manages their member contact call centre. Currently, Chantelle’s union is campaigning for changes to industrial laws to allow long-term temporary contract workers to apply to...

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Cat Nadel

May 28, 2021

Cat Nadel works with Environment Victoria as a safe climate campaigner. Her role involves implementing campaigns designed to accelerate the closure of Victoria’s largest source of climate pollution, the brown coal power stations in the Latrobe Valley. Her role involves helping communities communicate...

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Carolyn Ingvarson

May 28, 2021

Carolyn Ingvarson convenes Lighter Footprints, a climate action group she founded in the Kooyong Electorate. Carolyn works to support the group’s members to understand the science and practice of energy efficiency  and sustainable living in our...

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Amelia Fowles

May 28, 2021

Amelia Fowles is a Tasmanian marine scientist, active around conservation, working to protect biodiversity, increase awareness, communicate science and support communities. In 2012, Amelia was the Australian Youth representative to the Convention on...

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Vicky Fysh

May 28, 2021

I was raised in the Dandenong Ranges on the outskirts of Melbourne. I am a mad dog lover, traveller and dodge-baller. I have been working on climate change for around 5 years....

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Vanessa Farrelly

May 28, 2021

I am a 19-year-old Arrernte woman living in Canberra and studying at ANU. I have been involved in the environment and climate movements for 3 years and was the recipient of the...

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Tony Fontes

May 28, 2021

For the past 10 months I have worked as the community organiser for the Environment Council of Central Queensland.  This work has included: recruiting and maintaining membership, creating and maintaining website and Facebook...

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Tim Lo Surdo

May 28, 2021

I am currently Head of Campaigns, Oaktree (youth-led, anti-poverty organisation). Previously worked for Jhatkaa (Indian equivalent of GetUp!) and did organising for two federal parliamentarians. Oaktree is young people leading a movement to end...

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Sujata Allan

May 28, 2021

My first experience in community organising was as a university student, helping to coordinate the local food cooperative. Since joining Doctors for the Environment (DEA) in 2012, I have been involved in projects such...

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Steve Fuller

May 28, 2021

I was active in unions throughout my working life at many levels and enjoyed helping and motivating people to stick up for themselves and others. I tried to take on environmental issues...

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Sallie Forest

May 28, 2021

Most of my organising work has been for Doctors for the Environment Australia. I’ve previously been involved with recruiting my colleagues to the environmental health cause, and implementing media initiatives to the general...

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Nicky Coombes

May 28, 2021

Currently I am working with Groundswell Gloucester in opposition to AGL’s Gloucester Gas Project, GRL’s Rocky Hill Coal Mine and occasionally Yancoal’s Stratford & Duralie Coal Mines. I focus on mediating between groups &...

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Millie Anthony

May 28, 2021

I’ve been organising with the Australian Youth Climate Coalition (AYCC) in NSW for two years- working with school, community and university groups to build power and run strategic campaigns. Before I organised with the...

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Max Smith

May 28, 2021

Maxwell J Smith is a Clean Air Campaigner at Environmental Justice Australia, where he works with coal communities and health experts to control toxic pollution from coal-fired power stations. Max previously worked at...

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Luke Reade

May 28, 2021

My first community organising experience came in campaigning for a congestion charge in Edinburgh, Scotland and a short stint as a community organiser with the 100% Renewables campaign. I’ve campaigned with Friends...

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Katerina Gaita

May 28, 2021

My background is in behavior change – engaging people, motivating them to change, breaking down barriers to change and supporting them to maintain their new behavior. In this capacity, I’ve run a...

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John Carroll

May 28, 2021

I have been a Pastor in Western Sydney. I preached, prayed, counselled, taught, engaged in missions, administered, helped people with disabilities, spoke on TV… and I became very interested in the future...

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Isabella Morand

May 28, 2021

Working with my team at 350.org Melbourne we organised community members in the city of Moreland to engage with their local council, in our campaign to have them divest from fossil fuels. I am...

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Gillian (Gill) King

May 28, 2021

In the last few years I have been devoting my life to my passion: drawing on my background to bring together people, information and ideas for game-changing visions and strategies to help...

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Emma Tan

May 28, 2021

My first exposure to community organising was through my involvement with the Victorian Greens during the 2014 State Election. I volunteered as a Neighbourhood Organiser and ran door-knocks, stalls and other events....

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Dan Robins

May 28, 2021

I have spent the past five years organising frontline communities in their fight against irresponsible coal and coal seam gas mining. I began by setting up a community group in north west...

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Claire Gardner

May 28, 2021

Most of my community organising experience has been in the last two years with the Australian National University’s Environment Collective. This has mainly been volunteering with the Fossil Free ANU campaign, but also...

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Chilla Bulbeck

May 28, 2021

What makes some people care passionately and others expend their lives in a daily round of consumption, leisure and work?  One key influence was the sudden realisation as a teenager that, ‘There...

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Berish Bilander

May 28, 2021

I am a Melbourne based musician, composer and teacher with a background in improvisation. After a year spent in Indonesia watching the effect of unfettered ‘development’ I decided to get active on...

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Annika Dean

May 28, 2021

I am generally interested in progress towards stopping coal expansion, and progress towards climate change adaptation in the Pacific. I have been involved in climate change activism against coal expansion in the Hunter...

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Adele Neale

May 28, 2021

In my search for the most fulfilling way to tackle climate change, I’ve come 180 degrees from the regimented realm of marine science to the world of social change where human relationships...

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Thea Ormerod

May 28, 2021

I’m currently President of the Australian Religious Response to Climate Change. I have a spokesperson role and assist with coordination of ARRCC activities. I coordinate in areas of policy and advocacy and the Go...

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Simone van Hattem

May 28, 2021

In 2012 I got involved in the sustainable living community in Perth, I facilitated Living Smart training and convened a committee to set up a community garden. In 2013 I attended Students...

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Naomi Hodgson (Crystal)

May 28, 2021

My formative community organising experience came through involvement in the grassroots collective Rising Tide, where we involved the local community in Newcastle, the Hunter, and beyond, in coal and climate change campaigning...

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Merryn Redenbach

May 28, 2021

I began organising with local climate action group Climate Action Moreland in 2009, and was a founding member of the Quit Coal collective that grew out of the Switch Off Hazelwood protests. Some of my most...

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Mark Ogge

May 28, 2021

I played a central role in building up Beyond Zero Emissions organisationally, including much of the initial recruiting and overseeing pro-bono researchers for the Stationary Energy Plan, and initiating and organising the public talks...

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Maria (Maz) Clague

May 28, 2021

I’m have volunteered for the Australian Youth Climate Coalition and SEED network to liaise, mobilise, organise and support Traditional Owners within their local communities in Australia against the fossil fuel industry. While...

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Manny Pasqualini

May 28, 2021

I’m a co-director of the Community Power Agency; a workers’ co-operative that supports Australia’s fledgeling community-owned renewable energy sector. We are a founding member of the Coalition for Community Energy (C4CE) and between these two organisations...

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Leigh Ewbank

May 28, 2021

As Friends of the Earth’s renewable energy coordinator, I’m responsible for devising campaigns that defend renewable energy or accelerate the rollout of the tech. Our current practice blends political strategy, media strategy...

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Larissa Baldwin

May 28, 2021

Community Organising is grassroots-led solutions to create change. I think it differs from other approaches because it is the most impactful. It’s also the only type of organising that has created any...

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Kate Lardner

May 28, 2021

I am volunteering with the Climate and Health Action Network (CHAN). We are a network of health students, health professionals and anyone with a background or interest in health, who are working...

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Josh Creaser

May 28, 2021

Probably my first exposure to community organising was in year 10 of high school when learning about global waste problems and oceans swirling with garbage inspired a ‘student led, clean up our...

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Isaac Astill

May 28, 2021

I began my organising journey as a Campus Organiser in South Australia with the Australian Youth Climate Coalition. I moved to Queensland, and worked with the Keppel and Fitzroy Delta Alliance to organise...

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Jessica Kirby

May 28, 2021

I’m a lead organiser for GetUp, responsible for overseeing the operations of our field campaigning on climate in NSW and Victoria. I gained the majority of my organising experience in 2014, when I...

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Hayley Troupe

May 28, 2021

For the last few years I have been volunteering on mainly university campaigns. I was AYCC’s Queensland grassroots coordinator, organising community groups around reef and climate campaigns. For the last year I have...

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Harry Jennens

May 28, 2021

I’m a medical doctor working in a Melbourne health service. I’ve had an uneasy feeling for years that climate change is a slowly but inexorably unfolding global health emergency… but it was...

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Govind Maskay

May 28, 2021

I am working at Market Forces – an affiliate project of Friends of the Earth that seeks to expose the institutions that are financing environmentally destructive projects and help Australians hold these institutions accountable....

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Claire O’Rourke

May 28, 2021

I first learned about organising when I was a journalist and member of the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance. I’ve worked as workplace organiser and lead organiser in the union movement and...

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Chloe Aldenhoven

May 28, 2021

I am currently working with Quit Coal, a collective of Friends of the Earth, and Lock the Gate to stop the expansion of the fossil fuel industry in Victoria.  Our campaign spans the state, with 50...

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Cherry Muddle

May 28, 2021

I work for the Australian Marine Conservation Society on the Fight for the Reef campaign in Airlie Beach. Fight for the Reef is a joint campaign between the Australian Marine Conservation Society and the...

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Alycia Gawthorne

May 28, 2021

I’m a campaigner within GetUp’s rapid response team, and on our ongoing climate and refugee campaigns. My role involves planning and implementing campaign strategy and drafting campaign content for our emails, website and social...

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Alexandra Soderlund

May 28, 2021

I currently work for Solar Citizens as Campaign Coordinator. We are working on a campaign to save and increase the Renewable Energy Target, a Queensland Election campaign (that will have finished by the first...

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Alana West

May 28, 2021

I began organising through the Australian Student Environment Network, mobilising students concerned about environmental and social justice to organise on campus through enviro collectives and outside of campus by supporting grassroots campaigns in...

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Taegen Edwards

May 28, 2021

I didn’t know ‘community organising’ was a thing until I went along to a great workshop in 2009, which introduced me to many of the skills and frameworks. I’d been doing organising...

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Shani Tager

May 28, 2021

I’ve been campaigning on Queensland’s coal exports and climate change for the last six years. I’ve worked closely with groups across Queensland who are fighting against coal and coal seam gas development...

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Phil Evans

May 28, 2021

I have been an organiser with Quit Coal for 3 years now and prior to that had been involved in student campaigns at university around climate issues. I also have experience organising...

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Nick Taylor

May 28, 2021

Whilst my background is in power generation mechanical engineering, I’ve spent the last 5 years campaigning and community organising on the issues of climate change and renewable energy. I was part of...

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Nick Aberle

May 28, 2021

My work covers a number of campaigns dealing with climate change in Victoria, focusing mainly on the four big coal-fired power stations that are responsible for 50% of the state’s greenhouse gas...

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Nic Clyde

May 28, 2021

Nic Clyde is the NSW Community Coordinator for the Lock the Gate – a national grassroots organisation made up of over 40,000 supporters and more than 250 local groups who are concerned...

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Neha Madhok

May 28, 2021

I am the Digital Campaigns Officer at the Australian Services Union NSW and ACT where I work as part of organising teams to integrate digital, industrial and face to face organising for...

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Michael Pulsford

May 28, 2021

I’m currently a community organiser with the Australian Conservation Foundation. Previously, I coordinated divestment campaigning with 350.org in Melbourne. I was particularly interested in divestment as a tool for movement building: how...

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Katherine Smyrk

May 28, 2021

I have had a passion for community organising around social justice issues since I was a nerdy teenager in high school running the Amnesty International Club. Throughout university my involvement in things...

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Kajute O’Riordan

May 28, 2021

Kajute has worked as a Lead Organiser in various roles since 2010. Whilst with Adam Bandt MP, he implemented an ambitious data-driven organising strategy that saw Bandt’s team at the forefront of...

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Jason Lyddieth

May 28, 2021

I’m a climate campaigner, working with the Australian Conservation Foundation. Previous to that, I was a community organiser working for Solar Citizens. I have been involved in activism and social change for...

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Jane Stabb

May 28, 2021

I’ve worked as a climate campaigner since 2010, when I started with AYCC. During the 2010 Federal Election campaign, I worked to influence the media and political narratives through our Climate Elephant...

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Jaime Yallup Farrant

May 28, 2021

I work with 350 Australia and collaborate with many social justice and environmental campaigns to expand the Divestment movement in WA, slow down and halt the expansion of coal and gas in...

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Glenn Walker

May 28, 2021

I am a National Campaigner for the Wilderness Society. I have worked on successful campaigns to protect the Wenlock River and Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve on Cape York Peninsula from a large...

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Gemma Plesman

May 28, 2021

I started organising in the Northern Rivers of NSW when friends and I started a group called ‘Girls Against Gas’ as part of the efforts to put a stop to CSG mining...

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Gemma Borgo-Caratti

May 28, 2021

In 2013, I was working on the Australian Youth Climate Coalition’s Save the Reef campaign, working to develop the strategy behind the campaign, managing an organiser on the ground in Yeppoon, working...

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Fee Mozeley

May 28, 2021

I was initiated into grassroots organising by leading a community alliance during a protracted three-year campaign to protect urban fig trees in inner city Newcastle. In 2012, I joined the campaign to...

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Ellie Smith

May 28, 2021

My first exposure to community organising was through my involvement with the Australian Student Environment Network from 2004 to 2008 where I helped organise opportunities for students to become and stay involved...

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Ellen Roberts

May 28, 2021

Since January 2013 I’ve worked as an organiser with the Mackay Conservation Group on the campaign against the Dudgeon Point coal terminal. Prior to this, I helped establish a climate action group...

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Andrew Bray

May 28, 2021

From 2009 to 2012 I worked on the Ballarat Renewable Energy and Zero Emissions campaign. This was about building up a campaigning group within my local sustainability group. I organised and coordinated...

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Amelia Telford

May 28, 2021

Growing up in the Northern Rivers opened my eyes to the beautiful country that we live in and opened my mind to the reasons why we need to fight for it, for...

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Abigail (Abi) Jabines

May 28, 2021

I was a volunteer almost 15 years ago for a community-led marine sanctuary in an island in the Philippines. The community was mostly subsistence fishing families and we had to gain their...

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