The Sydney Uni Environment Collective acknowledges that the land which we organise on is the stolen land of the Gadigal people of the Eora nation. The Enviro Collective is a non-hierarchical space for students who are passionate about the environment to gather and help each other organise events and projects concerning the environment and social justice. The Enviro Collective has a wide scope of on-going projects including the USYD Community Garden, Fossil Free USYD (a campaign to get the university to stop investing in the fossil fuel industry), citizen science and direct action road trips to places like East Gippsland’s old growth forests.
The Enviro Collective is affiliated with the Australian Student Environment Network (ASEN), which connects University Enviro collectives across Australia. ASEN helps us to coordinate road trips, conferences, campaigns and events, as well as share resources between collectives. This makes the collective an opportune place to meet like-minded people, people who will challenge your worldview, and activists from all around Australia who care about the issues that face our planet, people and local ecosystems. It also serves as an optimal space for self-motivated environmental, social and political education.
Together we decide what campaigns we want to work on and how to spend our budget. In 2015 we continued the campaign to get the university to withdraw all its investments from the fossil fuel industry, we subsidised tickets for people to attend the Students of Sustainability conference in July and ASEN Training Camp in January. We organised documentary screenings and reading groups, and held a comedy fundraising night. We organised road trips to East Gippsland, the Pilliga and to the Leard state forest and we ended the year by participating in the #peoplesparliament in Canberra.
The Collective runs solely on the energy put in by its members and its members get a lot out of being in it! We warmly welcome anybody interested to get involved by contacting us directly by email:firstname.lastname@example.org, by joining and posting on our Facebook group: USYD Enviro Collective 2016, and of course by coming to our regular Enviro Collective meetings and events (e.g. film screenings, discussion groups) which can be ascertained via email or through the Facebook group. There is no binding commitment to attend every meeting or event, so please inquire further or come along to check out who we are and what we’re all about!
Your 2016 Enviro Collective Officers, Lily Matchett & Maushmi Powar.