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While the nuclear/fossil fuel establishment pontificates, young Australia is on the move

My greatest challenge is…

Thinking up ways to help our 70,000 members make the biggest change they can on climate change. It’s a huge, global issue and sometimes it’s tough finding the most strategic points of influence. But ultimately, what we need is a movement of people all pushing in thesame direction, and luckily that’s what we’re building…..

Changemakers – Ellen Sandell Pro Bono News, April 23, 2012 llen Sandell, National Director at the Australian Youth Climate Coalition, is profiled in Changemakers – a regular column which examines inspiring people and their careers in the Not for Profit sector.

The Australian Youth Climate Coalition is entirely youth-run, representing more than 30 of Australia’s largest youth organisations and over 70,000 individual members. The AYCC aims to build a generation-wide movement to solve the climate crisis, through uniting diverse youth organisations around this common challenge.

What are you currently working on in your organisation?

After playing a big role in getting the carbon price passed in 2011,
this year we’re focusing on getting more support for renewable energy.
We’ve just launched a big new campaign: Repower Australia. It’s about
young people holding events are pubs, cafes and other community venues
to raise money to ‘repower’ them with solar panels or energy
efficiency. It’s a great way to create tangible change at the local
level, but also send a message to our politicians that young people
support more investment in renewable energy……
I consider my greatest achievement to be…

Getting the University of Melbourne to become carbon neutral, and also
helping to grow the AYCC to over 70,000 members. Two of AYCC’s
greatest achievements have been getting climate change on the agenda
during the 2010 election with our ‘climate elephant’ mascot following
Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott around, receiving national media
attention, and playing a large role in organising thousands of people
to rally in support of a price on carbon in 2011.

Favourite saying…

If not you, who? If not now, when?….
My greatest challenge is…

Thinking up ways to help our 70,000 members make the biggest change they can on climate change. It’s a huge, global issue and sometimes it’s tough finding the most strategic points of influence. But ultimately, what we need is a movement of people all pushing in thesame direction, and luckily that’s what we’re building…..
http://www.probonoaustralia.com.au/news/2012/04/changemakers-ellen-sandell

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April 23, 2012 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, people

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