Sydney University Environment Collective
The Sydney University Environment Collective has a proud history of working together to address environmental issues on and off campus. We learn about, and take action on, issues of social and environmental justice. Our collective is an inclusive space where the direction of our campaigns and actions is based entirely on the interests and ideas of all our members! On campus we have weekly meetings, discussion groups, parties, panel sessions, and info nights. Off campus we participate in direct action, such as working to halt the expansion of two open cut coal mines in the Leard State forest to prevent the destruction of the forest and the acceleration of the rate of climate change.
Historically, the collective has worked on anti-nuclear campaigns, pushed the university to adopt more sustainable practices including the introduction of more efficient infrastructure and renewable energy usage, and called for a widespread fight against climate change.
In the past year we’ve been working on the Fossil Free USyd campaign, which is encouraging the University of Sydney to stop investing in fossil fuels and stop funding climate change. This is part of a global push from students and staff at universities all over the world, with campaigns running in the US, the UK, and many other countries. We’ve held fair days, an overwhelmingly positive student referendum, and actions including building an extraction rig on campus. This campaign is looking to ramp up in 2015 and we’d love you to be a part of it.
We organise trips out to sites of campaigns for environmental justice, such as the Mining the Truth Road Trips. These road trips are organised with other enviro collectives from NSW and ACT and involve visiting community campaigns against coal and gas across NSW, and swims. Lots of swims.
We are affiliated to the nation-wide Australian Student Environment Network (ASEN), and through ASEN we communicate and collaborate with Enviro Collectives on other campuses. Most recently, we’ve road tripped with folks from UTS, UNSW, Macquarie University, and the ANU, and collaborated on Fossil Free Universities with crew from UWS, the University of Newcastle, UTS, UNSW, the University of Wollongong and Macquarie.
ASEN also runs two annual camps for student environmentalists: Training Camp from January 19-25th and the larger Students of Sustainability conference which will be held at Flinders University in Adelaide from the 8th-12th of July 2015.