Oh hey, we’re the AYCC Queensland team and we’ve been around since early 2010.
In 2011, we held Power Shift – a youth climate summit where we brought together over 1500 young people from across the country. Over half of those people were from Queensland alone and since then we’ve absolutely exploded. We have groups in lots of locations across Queensland and most university campuses across the state.
As you may have heard, for the past few years, the Great Barrier Reef has been at risk from huge coal expansions.
As Queenslanders and as young people, we know that this isn’t ok. For the past two years we've been working really hard to make sure that this coal stays in the ground. We've been reaching out to Australian banks to make sure they know about the risks the coal expansion poses to the Reef and our climate, and as a result, 3 of Australia's biggest banks have agreed to not fund the coal port expansion on the Reef. Yiew!!
But our work is not over yet. This year, we're working to make sure that climate is on the agenda of the major parties and that we're forcing a race to the top on climate policy for the federal election. Can you help us to get the climate policy we deserve this election?
There are lots of things you can get involved with to make a difference this election, including:
1) Brisbane climate doorknock:
The Brisbane electorate is one of the most tightly contested races in this election. With your help, we can force a race to the top on climate policy between the two major parties by engaging with voters in the electorate and asking them to vote on climate. We'll be chatting to voters on Saturday May 21st on our first big doorknock in Wilston. It will be a fun afternoon of training and door-to-door conversations with a buddy, followed by a BBQ. To find out more, and to RSVP, go to http://www.aycc.org.au/brisbane_doorknock
2) Dickson climate doorknock:
Can you join us for a day of door-knocking fun to reach as many of the Dickson residents as possible and talk to them about the Reef, strong climate action and how they'll vote this election? We'll be chatting to voters on Sunday May 29th on our first big doorknock in Arana Hills. It will be a fun afternoon of training and door-to-door conversations with a buddy, followed by a BBQ
3) June Welcome night:
If you haven't volunteered before, or if it's been a while and you'd like to hear about what we're up to at the moment, come along to our welcome night on Wednesday June 1st to hear how you can get involved. To find out more, and to RSVP, go to http://www.putourfuturefirst.org.au/aycc_qld_june_welcome_night
4) We have uni groups on all the big Brisbane campuses as well as in the Gold Coast. If you're interested in getting involved on a uni campus, get in touch with one of our state coordinators, David at firstname.lastname@example.org to get all the details about what's going on and how you can get involved.
Otherwise, check us out on facebook here for our latest events.
Hope to meet you soon,
David, Kat and the AYCC Queensland team
State Coordinator - David Cazzulino
State Coordinator - Kat Housego
If you're an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander young person who'd like to volunteer with the Seed Indigenous Youth Climate Network, click here.