Who are SEAC?
The Student Environment Action Collective (SEAC, pronounced ‘seek’) are the environmental group on campus who are made up of (but certainly not limited to) people who:
- Are concerned and active on nuclear power, coal and uranium mining and coal seam gas
- Like renewable energy, food co-ops… and sunflowers
- Campaign in solidarity with local and indigenous communities for environmental justice
- Have a non-hierarchical approach to decision making that is inclusive and consensus based so everybody has an equal ownership of the group and its actions
- Are linked to other enviro collectives across the country through ASEN (Australian Student Environmental Network) and its NSW arm; SEAN (Student Environment Activist Network)
- Run campaigns, host forums, screen films, do actions, attend camps, discuss societal change, eat awesome food and enjoy good company!
Once all the rainforests are cut down, once all the rivers have dried up, and once all the resources are diminished, we will finally realise we can’t eat money.
What do we do?
As a collective we are dedicated to learning about and taking action on a number of environmental and social justice issues. In the past we have been involved in campaigns and actions both on and off campus. These have included: ‘Green Campus Now’ (promoting 100% renewable energy on campus), ‘T4’ (against the construction of the 4th coal terminal in Newcastle), ‘stop the Muckatee waste Dump’ (fighting uranium dumping on indigenous communities) and the blockade to prevent coal mining in the Leard State forest, which is ongoing.
A high point of 2012 was ASEN’s Mining the Truth Road Trip, which many of us organised and attended. The trip linked our passions for community solidarity in environmental justice with environmental education through speaking with local communities and assisting in making the upcoming documentary.
Upcoming in 2013, an important ASEN wide campaign is ‘lock the campus’- ensuring Sydney Uni, and other universities around the country, remain Coal Seam Gas free. This involves NO CSG on university owned land and NO investment into CSG or extraction research.
Highlighting each year is ASEN’s awe-inspiring annual conference-‘Students of Sustainability’ (SoS). In 2013 SoS will be held in Tasmania, with students from all over the country attending!! This summit is one of the best ways to share skills, learn, grow and push for change together.
So what’s next?
We’ll continue with our weekly meetings, discussion groups, and information evenings. We’ll fight for real green energy alternatives. We’ll continue to work with other like-minded groups, such as the food co-op, vege soc and other progressive collectives. We’ll continue hosting the annual bike day and promotion of active transport. And of course we’ll continue to meet new friends, have fun times and influence the future of the planet!
Why you should join?
A Collective is an inclusive space where the direction of our campaigns and actions are based entirely on the interests and ideas of all our members! So if you have a passion for anything enviro we’ll endeavour to do something about it or if you aren’t quite sure and just want to listen then this is the perfect group for you.
A Collective is unaffiliated with any political party and we welcome diverse perspectives, ideals and methods. This variety helps to promote healthy debate and challenge the group to look at the environment from varying angles.
SEAC members are brought together by a passion for environmentalism, however our interests extend way beyond this point. We have a strong dialogue and form really good friendships within our own group and our broader networks across the country.
“A good planet is hard to find”
Come to our weekly meetings:
Student Environment Action Collective (SEAC): Wed 12pm, Manning Sunken Lawn
Discussion Group, Thurs 5pm (fortnightly odd weeks), New Law Seminar Room 115
contact Eloise (0439-028-124) or Elyse (0439-286-123) for more information