Shani Patel, Prudence Wilkins-Wheat, Lily Campbell and Sofie Nicholson
Week 10, Semester 1, 2020
The Collective has been meeting weekly and planning numerous upcoming events — the best way to get involved is coming along and helping to make decisions: Tuesday 1pm in odd weeks of semester, and 2pm in even weeks. Given the online nature of activism in the current context, a strategy day will occur in upcoming weeks for the Collective to re-gather and focus our energy, along with a re-invigorating of our online working groups.
Despite distancing, the Collective has remained active in numerous campaigns. Members have led a photo campaign in support of the ‘USyd Suspend Rent’ for students living in campus accomodation. A video campaign featuring students’ thoughts on the governments’ response to Covid-19 is currently in the works — message our page to get involved! Moving into the next month, members will also be attending the May 1 ‘No Worker Left Behind’ car convoy and creating content for the Month of Mayhem.
READING GROUPS, WORKSHOPS & PANELS
Since our reading group with WoCo, we’ve been part of two more — Capitalism & Covid-19 with the Young Workers Collective and Environmental Racism with ACAR. These have involved the pre-reading of a prescribed text and discussion led by a facilitator. One of our three Online Activism workshop series has occurred, and planning for the second is underway. This will be focussing on content creation and social media for the Month of Mayhem, featuring short tutorials and a working bee. Also in the works is a Radical Ideas webinar, aimed at knowledge-sharing, and the presenting of concepts to newer members.
Coming to stands in Week 11 is the Enviro Collective’s Honi Soit pull-out, written & edited by members! The weekend of Week 11 will see a strategy day followed by a launch event for the publication.
Week 6, Semester 1, 2020
ACTIONS WEEK 3-5: The beginning of Semester has been a busy time for the Enviro Collective, underlined by record turn-outs at our Tuesday weekly meetings. In Week 3, an Enviro Collective contingent joined the Uni Students for Climate Justice march, and member James Sherriff spoke at the event. In Week 4, online meetings commenced, and are ongoing. Fridays for Future still go ahead as per Greta Thunberg’s online statement – if you can’t strike in public due to health concerns/restrictions, post a photo of your strike sign on social media and caption #climatestrike. In Week 5, we held an ecofeminism reading group in collaboration with the Women’s Collective via Zoom, and ran a free yoga class for Earth Hour, led by Daisy Caterall.
ACTIVISM IN TIMES OF CRISIS: COVID-19 has drastically undercut our ability to engage in physical protest, but this is not stopping us – environmental issues are ongoing (particularly the use of the pandemic as a way for governments to silently repeal environmental protections). We urge all readers to join the SRC COVID19 Response Group on Facebook to engage in mutual aid actions for those immediately affected by government restrictions, rent issues, job losses or health problems. Our digital library has also been updated with specific COVID19 related material. Head to the Enviro Collective Facebook Group to access and contribute.
FUTURE ACTIONS: We are still looking for contributors to the Enviro pull-out in Honi Soit, coming up in Week 11. We also have plans for upcoming workshops on digital activism, as well as discussion groups about the pandemic and its implications for climate action. Join our Facebook Group ‘USYD ENVIRO COLLECTIVE 2020’ to get involved!
Week 3, 2020
ACTIONS SINCE WELCOME WEEK
Following a successful Welcome Week stall, drinks, and attendance at the ‘Solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en’ & ‘Climate Crisis National Day of Action’, the Enviro Collective has run weekly meetings with amazing turn outs!
In Week 1, we attended the coronial inquest of Eric Whittaker, a First Nations man who died in custody because he was denied medical assistance by police. Nothing substantial was changed despite the judge explaining that Indigenous individuals disproportionately die in custody.
In Week 2, we ran a cross-collective bake sale fundraiser for First Nations families affected by black deaths in custody. It was massive success with $750 raised – huge thank you to all the volunteers, bakers, and buyers! If you would like to donate to the cause, there is a ‘Go Fund Me’ on the USYD Enviro Collective Facebook page. This week, the collective also had our first presence at the Conservatorium of Music, where we signed up 100 new members and helped build a mass walk-out for the May Climate Strike!
On Friday of Week 3, two important climate actions will occur and the Enviro Collective has contingents to both – one by Uni Students for Climate Justice and one by School Strike for Climate.
Currently we’re planning an educational/upskilling month starting from Week 3, which will include cross-collective reading groups, film screenings and stalling. Message the page if you would like to get involved, or join the ‘USYD Enviro Collective 2020’ group on Facebook!
The collective has also recently opened expressions of interest to edit an Enviro pullout for Honi Soit. This will be released the week of the May 15th Climate Strike – join our organizing group to apply or contribute!
From then on we shall be building the MONTH OF MAYHEM which begins with the Gweagal-Bidjigal Resistance at the End of April, then the May 1st Worker’s Strike and May 15th Climate Strike! Watch our space for the Enviro Collective contingents to these important actions!
GET INVOLVED: The Enviro Collective is a welcoming and non-hierarchical space with a huge range of ways to get involved – contact us anytime!
Welcome Week 2020
The Enviro Collective has been busy over the break, both on and off campus. We’ve attended a number of rallies, events, and meetings, including the Global Day for Climate Justice Rally, March on Morrison Bridge Walk for Climate Justice, Students of Sustainability conference, Indigenous Social Justice Association meetings, Apology 12th Anniversary Rally: Stop Stolen Generations, and meetings leading up to the formation of the NSW
Climate Justice Alliance.
Beyond this, we have held our own meeting and picnic to begin planning for the year ahead. Over the summer, we’ve designed a new logo, made a new Facebook Group, and have printed merchandise! Stickers, tote bags, t-shirts from ASEN, along with our new zine ‘Combust’ will all be available at Welcome Week, as well as throughout the year. ‘Combust’ is a 28 page long publication that aims to be a beginner’s guide to prominent left-wing ideology within the environmental movement – even though you don’t need any pre-existing knowledge to join the collective, we hope that this will serve as a starting point, and be produced by Enviro Officers yearly for many years to come.
With climate change and Indigenous justice finally entering the forefront of public attention, we look forward to building both momentum and community over the coming year. You can get in contact and join us through our
Facebook Page at /USydEnviro/
Facebook Group at /groups/usydenviro2020/
Instagram at @usyd_enviro
Join us on Feb 21st after Welcome Week to get to know the collective at Enviro Drinks – 6pm at The Royal on Abercrombie Street.