In the wake of the recent Federal election, a panel convened at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) to discuss and reconsider the future of social change and impact in Australia, with particular focus on Aboriginal issues, the climate and mining.
The student-led climate strikes were identified as a contemporary model to realise social change and ‘climate jobs’ as a key driver of economic and political change. It was argued that Aboriginal issues, perspectives and voices should lead such discussions and developments.
The Panel included:
Chair: Jason De Santolo, Garrwa, Associate Prof. Indigenous Research, school of Design
Nancy Yukuwal McDinny - Borroloola Elder
Scott McDinny - Garrwa and Yanyuwa, SEED Indigenous Youth Climate Network
Padraic Gibson - Activist at UTS, Jumbunna Researcher
India Pardoel - School Strike 4 Climate
Further info from the organisers:
Call for a global climate strike September 20: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/may/23/greta-thunberg-young-people-climate-strikes-20-september
Scott and Nancy have been in Sydney with other family from Borroloola to premiere the film "Warburdar Bununu: Water Shield", documenting their struggle against destruction of waterways by mining and the impending threat of fracking:
An article about the Gamilaraay delegation to the last climate strike on March 15, supported by UTS staff
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