Students' Representative Council, University of Sydney
The USyd Enviro collective is a grassroots organising space involved in climate activism, on and off-campus.
We have weekly meetings where we educate and mobilize students for environmental campaigns and climate justice. We also run regular stalls, drinks, film screenings and trips to rural communities affected by the water crisis. We meet and organize primarily on Gadigal land and the collective supports the quest for First Nations sovereignty across this continent and internationally. As the USyd branch of the Australian Student Environmental Network (ASEN) we have been a part of the organization of many of the mass environmental actions in Sydney over the last year. Some of which include:
Global day for Climate Justice Rally
March on Morrison: Bridge Walk for Climate Justice
Climate Crisis: National Day of Action
Students of Sustainability conference – the largest student environmental conference in Australia
Shut down Coal 2020 conference
Stop Adani speak-out
The formation of the NSW Climate Justice Alliance
On campus we also host discussion/reading groups and workshops with other collectives, aiming to expose the corrupt ties that exist between this university and the fossil fuel industry. USyd invests over $22 million dollars in this industry and our Chancellor is married to a former mining executive.
You do not need a comprehensive knowledge of environmentalism in order to join our collective, we are committed to up-skilling all members. Ways you may contribute include writing for our monthly newsletter and other publications, speaking at rallies, poster runs and leafleting, banner paints, design, social media coordination, visiting frontline blockades, representing the collective in off-campus enviro meetings, hosting film screenings and helping us spread the word of the climate movement!
We believe in anti-hierarchical organising and aim to be inclusive and democratic. We advocate for anti-colonial and anti-capitalist principles, standing in solidarity with indigenous communities, workers and each other.
Hello! We’re so glad that you’ve stumbled upon this edition of Combust, the first of what we hope becomes a yearly publication by the USyd Enviro Collective alongside the ASEN publication: Germinate. A big thankyou to all those who helped to edit, write and create this work!
This handbook is a collection of prominent radical ideas currently circulating the environment movement – it’s essentially some of the information that we wish we’d accessed when we first became interested in enviro politics.
It’s hard to enter into a space when it feels as if everyone knows more than you. But you do not need a comprehensive knowledge of environmentalism to join the enviro collective — we are all learning and growing together. But either way, we hope this will help you, make you think, or even reaffirm something you already knew.