It was great to see Students of Sustainability back in full force in July 2017. Held in the politically active community of Newcastle that hosts the worlds largest coal port – the commitment to climate justice was evident as one of the strong themes that were touched on – along with just transitions, an ongong commitment to sovereignty and treaty as well as strong social justice themes.
We ran workshops on legal education for activists, live tweeting for actions and events, creative activism and a discussion on the recent win to save the Beeliar wetlands in WA that we supported. We are excited that we might be seeing new activist legals collective forming in Queensland.
It was brilliant to see experienced Newcastle activists supporting a new wave of younger student activists in a powerful, nonviolent day of action that saw 11 bank branches closed in the region – with the Commonwealth bank refusing to meet community concerns regarding their possible funding of the Adani coal mine. #StopAdani
Here is a great example of some of our tips on live tweeting getting picked up by participants and making their way into international media!
Love your work SOS and ASEN! Even though we are in a planetary emergency, there is hope for the future. Great to see such a well attended and excellent event yet again. Find out more about our friends at Australian Student Environment Network here.
May all the exhausted volunteers get some well deserved rest.