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Hugh Nicklason

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 group Forestry Watch, with whom I volunteered in a number of capacities including scouting, citizen science, and social outreach. After 6 months of active participation, a group of friends and I decided to found another group – Grassroots Action Network Tasmania. Through this group I have been running events, managing a community garden, and seeking to empower different individuals and groups to challenge social and environmental injustices together.

I attended University of San Francisco on an athletic scholarship from 2016-2019. Here I Majored in International Studies with a focus on Cultures, Values, and Societies, with minors in Middle Eastern Studies, Cultural Anthropology, and Jewish Studies and Social Justice, while competing on the Track and Field and Cross Country teams. Prior to COVID-19, I had recently moved to Jerusalem where I was studying languages and running an independent project. In my spare time I enjoy music, poetry, running, spending time in the bush, and chilling with friends.