Advocates

– Dr Michelle Maloney – Co-Founder and National Convenor of Australian Earth Laws Alliance

– Dr Niki Harré – Associate Professor of Psychology at Auckland University

– Kelly O’Shanassy – CEO of Australian Conservation Foundation

– David Suzuki

– Blair Palese (350.org Australia)

– Rob Hopkins (Transition Towns)

– Lara Shannon (Ecochick)

– Dayanna Grageda (Miss Earth Australia 2015)

We’d like to extend a huge thanks to all our advocates –
highly respected campaigners and voices for the environment.
This page acknowledges the wonderful work each advocate has done and is doing
in order to combat climate change, promote respect for the planet
and encourage sustainability.

We ask them our 2 key questions:

What are you doing environmentally that you’re proud of?

What can you better?

Send us your answers here.

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Dr Michelle Maloney – Co-Founder and National Convenor of Australian Earth Laws Alliance

Dr Michelle Maloney (BA/LLB, PhD) is a lawyer and activist, and is the Co-Founder and National Convenor of the Australian Earth Laws Alliance, or AELA. AELA advocates for Earth centred law, governance and ethics in order to transition modern societies towards a more harmonious relationship with the natural world and a happier, more sustainable human existence.

Michelle is a Member of the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law; Australia’s representative on the Executive Committee of the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature and the Chairperson of the Environmental Defenders Office Queensland. Michelle lives in Brisbane, Australia.

For further information about her work and publications, please visit here.

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Dr Niki Harré – Associate Professor of Psychology (University of Auckland), author of Psychology for a Better World

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What am I proud of? What can I do better?

“Our rivers, reefs, forests and wildlife are beautiful and support our lives. We must do everything we can, every day, to ensure this beauty thrives.”

What am I proud of? The places we love will be lost if we stand by and watch the mines and polluters prevail. I’m proud of stepping up and creating a better world.

What can I do better? Everything! There is no such thing as perfect, we can all be better and tread more lightly on the earth. 

Find out more about Australian Conservation Foundation here.

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David Suzuki – Co-Founder of David Suzuki Foundation

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A few weeks ago, Radio ASAP director Shirley ‘Baglady’ Lewis asked Mr Suzuki to be an ASAP Advocate via snail mail:

Suzuki letter

He got in touch with Baglady and kindly agreed to be an ASAP Advocate!

Suzuki reply

David Suzuki is a Canadian award-winning scientist, environmentalist and broadcaster. He is renowned for his radio and television programs that explain the complexities of the natural sciences.

Here are two of his quotes:

(1) Suzuki, 1999:

“I was at a dinner with Prince Charles last year and hearing all of the arguments back and forth about the need for jobs and the economy and all of this, I said I feel like we’re all sitting in a car heading at a brick wall at a hundred miles an hour and everybody in the car is debating about where they want to sit.

OK, there are a few people in the car who are saying, “For god’s sake, slow down and turn the car.” Unfortunately, they’re locked in the trunk.

So, it’s a pretty desperate situation but I think anyone who has children and an investment in the future has no choice but to keep banging away.”

(2) On ABC’s QandA 2013 and again on ABC Radio National 2015:

“We’ve gotta to stop fighting. I’ve had a bellyful of fighting.”
 
David suggested we all sit down together and work out what we need, and how to get it…  he suggests AIR is our first need: the first thing we do when we’re born is take a breath, and then there’s food, water, shelter, energy… that’s what ASAP is all about.
 
Find out more about the David Suzuki Foundation here.

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Blair Palese – Co-founder and CEO of 350.org Australia

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“So much of the progress we have made to protect our fragile environment has happened only because people stepped up and demanded change and action. We need everyone involved and to be empowered to bring about change if we are to have an environment that supports us all!”

What am I proud of? I am proud of being involved in the effort to build the climate movement and 30 years of environmental activism.

What can I do better? I’d like to find a better balance between climate change work with 350 and life – but then I suspect everyone in the eco movement feels that way! It’s a big job… sometimes too big!

Find out more about 350.org here.

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Rob Hopkins – Founder of Transition Network

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The Transition Network started in Kinsale, Ireland in 2004, before moving to Totnes, England, where it became the first Transition Town.  Now worldwide, Transition Towns have expanded all across the United Kingdom, Europe, North America and Australia.

For example, Transition US is a resource and catalyst for building resilient communities across the United States that are able to withstand severe energy, climate or economic shocks while creating a better quality of life in the process. They are accomplishing this mission by inspiring, encouraging, supporting, networking and training individuals and their communities as they consider, adopt, adapt, and implement the transition approach to community empowerment and change.

Read more about Transition Towns here.

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Lara Shannon –  Founder of Ecochick Adventures

 
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“Having worked in the environmental awareness space for close to 20 years, I can say with absolute certainty that the time to act is NOW on the changes required to help protect the environment, wildlife and human health.

From climate change to wildlife conservation, many of the issues we we’ve been talking about for years have reached their tipping point and pose a serious threat to us all if nothing is done to tackle them for once and all.  It’s up to all of us as individuals to lead the change, so that Governments and Industry have no choice but to take action.”

What am I proud of?  I’m proud to have been able to play a role in educating people about the simple things that they can adopt in their day to day lives to help create positive environmental change. I’m particularly pleased to have seen my documentary about the plight the orangutans air nationally on commercial TV last year as this is a cause that I am extremely passionate about.

What do I need to do better?  The amount of packaging that is thrown away or recycled in our household is something that I would love to be able to do even more about. It can be difficult with the way food and goods are packaged these days, but I’d like to be in a position where I can boycott any products that use excessive or unsustainable packaging.

Find out more about Ecochick Adventures here.
 

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Dayanna Grageda – Miss Earth Australia 2015

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As Miss Earth Australia 2015, Dayanna Grageda hopes to fulfill her life’s passion of taking care of Earth and its Earthlings. She volunteers for wildlife and humanitarian charities such as Sydney Metropolitan Wildlife Services and Hands and Feet (feeding the homeless).

What am I proud of? One thing that I’m doing that I’m proud of is I’m really trying hard and doing really well at using reusable bags and reusable cup when I go grocery shopping or go to get a hot drink.

What do I need to do better? Something I could improve would be to eat less meat – I’ve always been a meat eater but I understand that the agricultural industry has huge impact on carbon emissions – it’s a big challenge for people to stop eating meat but it’s something we all need to adapt to.

You can find out more about her work here

Miss Earth Australia also speaks to Radio ASAP about climate change, wildlife conservation, solar powered fashion and solar innovation. Listen to the full podcast here.

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