Event Noticeboard: Ellen Sandell (AYCC) – ‘History of the Youth Climate Movement’

Date:       Thursday 8th September 2011
Time:     6.00 pm – 7.30 pm
Venue:   Room 6101 (main lecture theatre), La Trobe University Albury-Wodonga campus (live video feed from LTU Bendigo campus).

Ellen Sandell will discuss the history of the youth climate movement here and overseas, and how the Australian Youth Climate Coalition went from being a small group of university students to the largest youth-run organisation in the country with over 60,000 members.  Ellen will discuss the challenges young people face in creating change, what the current climate policies of the major parties mean, and why she thinks young people will be the ones to take us to a clean energy future.

As National Director of the Australian Youth Climate Coalition, Ellen Sandell is one of Australia’s leading commentators and campaigners on the issue of climate change.  In 2009 Ellen was listed as one of the top ‘100 influential Melburnians’ of 2009, and was recognised as Melbourne’s leading environmentalist, winning the Melbourne Awards for Individual Contribution to the Environment.

This lecture is one of three in a series of public lectures sponsored by La Trobe University, presented by leading thinkers who represent a range of approaches to issues of sustainability and climate change in different contexts.  This lecture series is also an integral component of the first year undergraduate subject Climate and Society, which is taught across the science, business and social science faculties at La Trobe University.  WATCH’s Ben Habib is a member of the Climate and Society teaching team.

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