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Author and campaigner
Anna Rose is an author and campaigner who comes from a family with a long farming history. She is co-founder of Farmers for Climate Action. Anna ran Earth Hour with WWF-Australia for two years from 2013-2015. In 2006 she co-founded the Australian Youth Climate Coalition and was National Co-Director for five years. She is author of the book Madlands: A Journey to Change the Mind of a Climate Sceptic (MUP, 2012) and co-starred in the ABC documentary ‘I Can Change Your Mind on Climate Change’. Anna previously convened the Vice-Chancellor’s course in Leadership & Influence at the Australian National University. She is a former Churchill Fellow and a recipient of the Sierra Club’s Earthcare award for her services to international environmental protection. She was the Australian Geographic Society’s Conservationist of the Year 2015 and was a finalist in the Australian of the Year Awards (A.C.T.) the same year. She is an advisory board member of the Australian Geographic Society, and a Director of the Aussie Farmers Foundation and the University of Queensland’s Global Change Institute. She is a former Director of Solar Citizens, the Bob Brown Foundation, and Green Music Australia. Anna is a Visiting Fellow at the ANU Climate Change Centre and an Associate of Melbourne University Sustainable Society Institute. Anna is currently completing a Myer Foundation Innovation Fellowship.
Leader Campaigner / Organiser SA, Solar Citizens
Dan is a highly skilled and experienced campaigner who has previously worked as a Campaigner with the Australian Youth Climate Coalition and Community Organiser with the Port Augusta community. Dan is now with Solar Citizens' as the Lead Campaigner / Organiser in South Australia. Dan's leadership helped steward this high impact community run campaign to deliver Australia's landmark win of Solar Thermal for Port Augusta to replace the town's closed coal stations. This was no ordinary campaign, and no ordinary win, with success far from guaranteed throughout its 5 year history, but it forever changed the landscape of energy politics in Australia. This community powered campaign won the support of its city council, unions, local business, doctors and climate and renewable energy groups to deliver an important win for their community, SA and the whole country. It's a win which was delivered by thousands of people and the sharing of the lessons on how it was won can serve as a lesson in hope and inspiration for so many others fighting the good fight for various social justice causes.
Deputy Director, The Sunrise Project
Sam La Rocca is a strategist and organiser committed to building people powered movements for a socially just and ecologically sane world. Sam's been active since the early 1990s. He co-founded activist education outfit the Change Agency, pioneered electoral organising with the Greens and led Adam Bandt’s successful re-election campaign. More recently he facilitated a process to reset climate movement strategy and developed GetUp’s Environmental Justice, election and organising strategies. He’s now Deputy Director at The Sunrise Project.
Public Narrative Coordinator, Australian Conservation Society
Tessa is a change maker and framing expert who tells stories to change the world. She works across engagement, fundraising and campaigning, where she inspires and skills up ACF’s community to stand up and speak out. She has a PhD in cultural studies and a background in academia, law and design. She has also trained with digital fundraising experts Mike Whitney and Nicole Aro and messaging guru Anat Shenker-Osorio through Progress’ experts-in-residence program. Tessa has green thumbs, lots of coloured pencils and big dreams for a more beautiful world.
Raised under South Australia’s fierce sun, Isaac knows first hand the need for urgent action on climate change. Starting out with the Australian Youth Climate Coalition, Isaac has been active in the climate movement since age seventeen. Isaac worked as 350.org Australia’s Divestment Campaigner, a campaign working to undermine the social license of coal and gas by calling on institutions to dump their shares in the fossil fuel industry. Over 130 institutions in Australia have divested, including the City of Newcastle - home to the biggest coal port in the world. Now based in Sydney, Isaac works on the #StopAdani campaign, pushing for an end to the Adani coal mine in Queensland. For his work on stopping the expansion of Queensland coal, Isaac has been awarded Bob Brown’s Young Environmentalist of the Year.
Digital Campaigner, The Wilderness Society
Warrick has been working in conservation advocacy since 2001, primarily on forest conservation issues. For the past 12 months he has been developing and implementing new digital strategies at The Wilderness Society, one of Australia's leading environment organisations.
Organising Program Manager, AYCC
Laura is the Organising Program Manager at the AYCC, supporting their huge grassroots network across the country. Laura has been with the AYCC since 2012 as Victorian State Coordinator, Administration Officer and Organiser. Laura is passionate about building a powerful youth climate justice movement. She recently managed Power Shift 2017 where 800 young people came together over 3 days to learn, grow and get fired up to take climate action.
Campaigner, 350.org Pacific
350 Pacific or the Pacific Climate Warriors are a youth lead Indigenous Pacific organisation spread over 15 Pacific Island nations, Australia, New Zealand and the United States. Joseph has led campaigns that have seen Pacific people block the largest coal port in the world, paddle across Sydney Harbour to occupy the Prime Minister's House and take a stance at this years United Nations Conference on Climate Change, COP23. The Pacific Climate Warriors work to tell the story of a Pacific that is rising up in resilience against the major contributors to Climate Change.Here in Australia Joseph works to empower and uplift the Pacific Diaspora to take action and to stand in solidarity with their families back home on the islands.