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Activism in the Age of Climate Change

Presented by Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences

Join us to hear from the champions of climate action in Australia, and learn how movements have joined forces to reclaim the dialogue around climate change.

Since the science and impacts of human-induced climate change were first widely reported in the 1980s, activists and scientists have worked together to raise awareness of the issue. They have focused on putting pressure on governments while inspiring diverse global grassroots movements for climate action and climate justice.

In August 2018, 15 year-old Swedish student Greta Thunberg began her School Strike sitting outside the Swedish Government building – starting what is called the New Climate Movement. Her small protest quickly gained momentum throughout the world, as millions of students joined her Friday School Strike.

The New Climate Movement has seen many diverse groups come together – led by students, communities on the front-lines of the climate crisis, scientists, artists and experts spanning all fields, they demand and advocate for climate action, lowered emissions, better policies and international cooperation.

Join us to hear from Australian climate leaders as they share insights into their motivations, inspirations and the projects that are making a difference for their communities.

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Bianca Nogrady is a freelance science journalist, broadcaster and author. In more than a decade of science reporting, her work has appeared in outlets such as MIT Technology Review, The Guardian, Nature, Australian Geographic and the ABC. She is a two-time editor of the Best Australian Science Writing anthology, author of a book about death titled The End, and co-author of The Sixth Wave – a book about sustainability and innovation.


Fiona Armstrong is a social entrepreneur, public policy analyst and researcher, author, and reform advocate whose qualifications and experience span a range of disciplines and sectors. Fiona is the Founder and current Executive Director of the Climate and Health Alliance, the first ever national coalition of health groups advocating for action on climate change from a health perspective. Fiona is also a co-founder and director of CLIMARTE: Arts for a Safe Climate, a not-for-profit organisation which brings artists together to use all forms of the creative arts to communicate about climate change.

Ambrose Hayes is a student organiser for School Strike 4 Climate. Organising in coordination with a global movement, the Australian School Strike 4 Climate chapter mobilized approximately 150,000 students and supporters on 15 March 2019. An inspiration for student activism in many other countries, the Australian Students demanded change and that the climate crisis be taken seriously.

Jemilah Hallinan joined the Environmental Defenders Office (EDO) NSW in 2006. As Outreach Director she is responsible for the development and delivery of the EDO NSW Outreach Program. Trained as a solicitor, Jemilah coordinates community programs including legal workshops, seminars, conferences and a range of plain English publications designed to educate the public about environmental laws and how they can be used to protect the environment. Jemilah has written extensively on topics such as planning, mining and private conservation. She also lectures in planning and environmental law at several universities in Sydney.

Bayvick Lawrence is a Fijian Pacific Climate Warrior and fashion designer based in Sydney. Pacific Climate Warriors is a grassroots network of young men and women from various countries in the Pacific Islands dedicated to take action to peacefully protect the islands from climate change impacts. With the message ‘We are not drowning, we are fighting’ the group aims to empower their communities and advocate on their behalf.