with Jean Hinchliffe and Sally Rugg / Chaired by Sophie Cunningham
BE THE CHANGE
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Effecting change can be hard, requiring effort, energy and organisation. Sally Rugg (How Powerful We Are) demonstrated all these, and no small degree of elan, when she assumed a leading role in the successful campaign for marriage equality. Jean Hinchliffe (Lead the Way) is following in her impressive footsteps as leader of the School Strikes 4 Climate. These two inspiring leaders discuss the power of taking action.
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Jean Hinchliffe is a 17-year-old climate activist and an organiser within School Strike 4 Climate. She campaigns for legislative action against the sourcing and usage of fossil fuels, along with pushing for Australia to become fully carbon neutral. Jean is passionate about social, political, and environmental issues and began her activism at age 13, when she volunteered with the Vote Yes campaign for marriage equality. Since then, she has also volunteered with organisations such as GetUp and Stop Adani. Jean’s first book, Lead the Way: How to change the world from a teen activist and school striker, will be published by Pantera Press in March 2021.
Sally Rugg is an LGBTIQ rights activist, writer and public speaker. She is Executive Director at political activist group change.org, and was previously Campaign Director at GetUp where she led the campaign for marriage equality for five years. How Powerful We Are is her first book.
Sophie Cunningham is the editor of the collection Fire, Flood,Plague: Australian writers respond to 2020. She is the author of six books including, Melbourne, City of Trees and the children’s book Tippy & Jellybean: The True Story of a Brave Koala who Saved her Baby from a Bushfire. She is a former book publisher and editor, a former chair of the Literature Board of the Australia Council, a former editor of the literary journal Meanjin, a co-founder of The Stella Prize and is now an Adjunct Professor at RMIT University’s Non/fiction Lab. In 2019 Sophie Cunningham was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for her contributions to literature.