Wednesday 29th March 2017 01:00 pm - 02:00 pm

Speaker: Amanda McKenzie

Topic CEO, Climate Council

Chairperson: John Allen

Amanda McKenzie, 2009 RCM Young Achiever Award, CEO and champion for the environment.

Amanda McKenzieAfter growing up in the suburbs of Melbourne, Amanda earned an Arts degree at Melbourne University and then a Law degree with Honours at Monash University. While studying, she became increasingly concerned about the devastating impacts of climate change and the lack of political action on the issue and convinced young people were crucial to solving the climate crisis, she co-founded the Australian Youth Climate Coalition in 2006 and in three years, helped build one of Australia’s largest climate change advocacy groups, with more than 100,000 members.  The Australian Government recognized her work at the AYCC with her inclusion at the Multi-Party Climate Change Committee Round Table in 2010 and she led the Australian youth delegations to the United Nations Climate Change Conferences in Bali, Poznan and Copenhagen. She was named Young Environmentalist of the Year in 2009.  She joined the Climate Commission as a Senior Communications Advisor after it was established in 2011 to communicate reliable and authoritative information on climate change to the Australian public. Over the next three years, she built the Commission into the most significant non-government national media presence on climate change, creating a communications training program for climate scientists and generating more than $12 million in media coverage annually.  When the Abbott Government abolished the Climate Commission in September 2013, Amanda spearheaded Australia’s largest crowd-funding campaign, netting $1.3 million in 10 days from 16,000 people, to allow the commission to re-launch as the not for profit Climate Council.  She is now CEO of the Climate Council, an independent organisation dedicated to providing the Australian public with reliable and authoritative information climate change. In the last two years that Council has significantly shifted the public debate.  Amanda is currently chair of the board of the Centre for Australian Progress and serves on the board of Plan International Australia.  She has also served on the boards of the Australian Youth Climate Coalition, the Committee for Melbourne and Climate Action Network Australia.  In 2009, Amanda was the Rotary Club of Melbourne, Young Achiever Award winner and in 2014, she was named as one of the winners of the Westpac AFR 100 Women of Influence in recognition of her commitment to putting climate change on the public agenda.
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