The ANU Environment Collective (EC) is an activist body with a focus on environmental justice. Our work involves campaigns, education and training. We are structured with one officer who represents the EC in ANUSA spaces, four co-conveners who help facilitate the collective, and general members who build the collective goals of the EC. All members are involved in decision making and campaign planning. The collective breaks into smaller working groups to focus on specific tasks, goals or campaigns. Currently we have four working groups: Fossil Free ANU, School Strike 4 Climate Contingent, Election and Voting, and Comms and Media. We meet fortnightly as a whole collective and working groups have smaller meetings in between to focus on planning specific actions.
The EC is a welcome space for all students interested in activism, regardless of identity, experience or knowledge. By being involved with the EC you must agree to the 2022 Participant Agreement, which was collectively written and drafted to ensure the EC continues to be a safe space. We also have the ANU Environment Collective Constitution, which outlines the purpose and structure of the EC.
Fossil Free ANU
Fossil Free is a movement that began in 2012 as a campaign to push universities to divest from fossil fuels. Fossil Free ANU is a student-led campaign calling for complete divestment from fossil fuel and transparency about where our money is invested. We are calling for the university to stop using our money to fund an industry fuelling the worsening climate crisis. The Australian National University is a leading institution in climate science and research into how to adapt our actions for a sustainable future. Where the university chooses to invest our money should reflect this knowledge. The lack of transparency in the financial decision-making process means that investment in fossil fuel companies occurs without students being able to hold the university accountable. When a comprehensive report was last released in 2016, the ANU invested in companies such as Rio Tinto, BHP and Origin Energy. Complete divestment from fossil fuels is needed because the industry’s power to open new projects is enabled by the institutions that finance them, such as universities. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or message our Facebook page if you’re keen to get involved.
All undergraduate ANU students are members of the EC. The best way to get involved is to come along to one of our fortnightly meetings where we plan campaigns, events and other activities. Join the Facebook Group to keep up to date with more opportunities to get involved, including joining working groups.
Meetings are held on Tuesdays from 6-7pm on even numbered weeks of the university calendar. Meetings are hybrid, held in the ANUSA boardroom and over Zoom. Check Facebook under the events tab for more details (including Zoom link) on the upcoming meeting.
Officer: Rex Michelson
Co-Convenor: Gabriel Love
Fossil Free ANU Facebook Page