The Australian Youth Climate Coalition

National Summit 2015

National Summit 2015

Join 200 young people to launch a massive year of climate action!

The Summit

Are you ready to make 2015 a turning point for the climate? We’ve just had the world’s hottest year on record, but the climate movement is stronger than it has ever been before, with record numbers of people across the globe marching in the streets for action on climate change. This year, our job is to make sure the coal stays in the Galilee Basin, instead of wrecking the Reef and our climate - so we're taking it to some of Australia's biggest corporations to make sure Abbot Point doesn't go ahead.

This February, we’re holding a summit in Sydney for anyone who wants to be part of our campaigns in 2015. Be part of Australia’s leading grassroots climate organisation in our most important year yet.

You’ll be part of developing our strategy, meet young people from across the country, and take part in our first major mobilisation of the year, calling on Australian banks to rule out funding the world’s biggest coal port on the Great Barrier Reef.

WHERE: Sydney (exact location to be confirmed)

WHEN: February 13-15th

Register for the summit by filling in the form on the right. You'll then be sent a link so you can secure your place by purchasing a ticket. Early bird discount available until 5pm, Monday 19 Jan - use the promo code “nemo15” to get $20 off.

What will it be like? Check out AYCC’s national summit last year to get a feel for what it will feel like:

What's happening


Day 1 - Friday





8:15 am


University Hall Foyer

9:30 am

Welcome to Country - Uncle Max

University Hall


Opening Plenary - Amelia Telford, Dan Spencer, Lucy Manne, Kirsty Albion and Tony Fontes

University Hall

11:10 am

Travel to the action

Darling Quarter

12:00 pm



1:00 pm

Lunch and travel to plenary


2:00 pm

Keynote - Tim Flannery

Panel: Lessons from the front line

Dr Anne Poelina - Madjulla

George Woods - Lock the Gate

Gary Rowbottom - Repower Port Augusta

Preston Culbong - Seed

University Hall

3:30 pm

Workshop Session 1


4:45 pm

Plenary -

Nellis Kennedy-Howard, Beyond Coal

Jarrod McKenna, Common Grace

Amanda McKenzie, Climate Council

Koreti Tiumalu, 350 Pacific

University Hall

Day 2 - Saturday






9:30 am

Plenary -  Climate and the Galilee Basin

Sam La Rocca, Jamie Hanson, Murrawah Johnson, Lucy and Kirsty

Guthrie Theatre

10:30 am

Break outs - States, Alumni and Seed

Your facilitator will show you to your break out space

12:00 pm




Workshop Session 2


2:30 pm

Afternoon Tea


3:00 pm

Workshop Session 3


4:30 pm

Plenary - Get the message out!

Anna Rose, David Ritter, Kelly and Ella

Guthrie Theatre


Travel to action factory & dinner

Action Factory Warehouse

Day 3 - Sunday





9:00 am

Get the message out action (including lunch)


12:45 pm

Report back and celebrate

Guthrie Theatre

1:20 pm

Break outs - States, Alumni, Schools, Seed

Your facilitator will show you to your break out space


Afternoon Tea


3:00 pm

Workshop Session 4

See workshop section

4:30 pm

Closing plenary 

Guthrie Theatre


Over three action-packed days, you'll learn all the skills you need to volunteer like a pro in 2015. We know we need to pull out all stops this year, and this Summit will launch a national campaign and plan to make sure our vision is realised. If you want to volunteer with AYCC in this year - come to the National Summit.

At the Summit, you’ll meet the people who, like you, want to change the world. And you’ll take your feet to the streets as we join thousands of people outside Commonwealth Bank. 


After a huge 6 months of pressuring the big 4 banks to rule out financing Reef and climate destruction - they've refused to budge. Commonwealth Bank is the first bank to be associated with the Abbot Point expansion so we're turning up the heat on them. Joining thousands of others on Global Divestment Day, together we'll show CommBank what they're up against with Valentine's surprise that will be too sweet to ignore.


Last year, AYCC positioned ourselves as one of the most effective organisations working on climate in Australia. Our sustained pressure on the banks, our targeted renewable energy campaigning and our grassroots strength has made a massive impact and we want to change the game in 2015. 

You'll take part in strategic campaign planning sessions and work with people in your state to create a field plan for taking our banks campaign to the next level. If you've never done this sort of thing before, there'll be workshops and classes to get you confident in this before you jump in!


We are REALLY excited about the incredible speakers we've got lined up for the Summit - more than half are from frontline communities! 

  • David Ritter - CEO of Greenpeace Australia.
  • Nellis Kennedy-Howard - Navajo woman and a Senior Campaign Representative with the US based Sierra Club on their Beyond Coal Campaign
  • Amanda McKenzie - CEO of the Climate Council and co-founder of the AYCC.
  • Jarrod McKenna - National Director at Common Grace and a prominent figure in the ‘Love Makes a Way’ movement.
  • Anna Rose - National Manager for Earth Hour Australia and the co-founder of the AYCC
  • Koreti Tiumalu - Campaigner with Pacific
  • Tony Fontes - Diving Instructor and passionate member of the Whitsundays Residents Against Dumping community group in North Queensland
  • Dr Anne Poelina -  Managing Director at Madjulla, has dedicated her life to fighting for Indigenous rights and speaking out on resource extraction plans for the Kimberley region.
  • Sam La Rocca - Co-founder of the Change Agency, last year he ran the Climate Movement Strategy Project.
  • Nayuka Gorrie - A Kurnai, Gunditjmara, Wiradjuri and Yorta Yorta woman, she is passionate about young people building the future they want to live in. Nayuka works with young Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people at the National Indigenous Youth Leadership Academy.
  • Murrawah Maroochy Johnson - Young Aboriginal woman of central Queensland, who descends from the Wirdi speaking people. Studying at UQ, she is represents her people in the fight to preserve traditional country.
  • Professor Tim Flannery - One of Australia’s leading writers on climate change. An internationally acclaimed scientist, explorer and conservationist, Professor Flannery was named Australian of the Year in 2007.


There ain't no party like a climate activist party, so bring your dancing shoes and be ready for a good time! 



How do I register?

Step 1: Register for the summit

Step 2: Buy a ticket

Your ticket will cover the costs of accommodation, food and the venue. We have concession tickets available and early bird tickets for a $20 discount up til midnight Sunday January 18.

Full ticket:  $150

Concession ticket:  $120

Full ticket - no accommodation:  $120

Concession ticket - no accommodation:  $90

Are there scholarships available?

We don’t want cost to be a barrier for any young person who wants to get involved, so we have ticket and travel scholarships available. To apply, fill out the scholarship form here:

Applicants will be notified in two rounds: first closing January 19th and and rolling until a second close at Feb 2nd (note: limited travel scholarships will be available closer to June 30th - apply ASAP to improve the likelihood of availability!)

Where is the group accommodation?

We will be staying together on the nights of the summit (13th and 14th) at accommodation in central Sydney. Staying together means you'll be able to get to know people from all over the country.

Note:If you would like to organise alternative private accommodation, please ensure you purchase a no-accommodation ticket, or to get more information contact

What if I live in Sydney, or want to stay in a hotel?

There are cheaper tickets that exclude accommodation.

Is it fully catered?

YES! The Summit is fully catered (breakfast only included for those staying in group accommodation). Please let us know any dietary requirements in the registration process.

How do I get to Sydney?

Organise your own travel to and from the summit. Attendees will be travelling together from every capital city in cheap group transport. If you want to know more about this option, tick the appropriate box in the registration form and you will be put in touch with the organiser in your state. If you need financial assistance for your travel costs, apply for a scholarship online.