An Activist Life in Politics and as Global Greens Ambassador


Speaker: Christine Milne

Topic: An Activist Life in Politics and as Global Greens Ambassador

Date: 20 June , Thursday 4 am UTC

Christine Milne AO was appointed as the Global Greens Ambassador following her lifetime’s work in Green politics, environmental, climate and social justice activism. She was arrested and jailed in the campaign to save the Franklin River in Tasmania in 1983 and led the successful campaign to protect farmlands and forests from a polluting pulp mill  in 1989. She was elected to the Tasmanian Parliament in 1989 and became the Leader of the Tasmanian Greens in 1993. She chaired the Global Greens Plenary in 2001 when the Charter was ratified. She went on be elected to the Australian Senate in 2004 and to lead the Australian Greens in 2012 until her retirement in 2015. Her achievements include gun law reform, gay law reform, forest protection and climate action. She was instrumental in Australia legislating its groundbreaking Clean Energy Package in 2012. Christine served as Global Vice President of IUCN between 2004-2008.

Since leaving Parliament, Christine continues her work promoting 100% Renewable Energy and Biodiversity Conservation. She is Patron of Australia’s Smart Energy Council and Ambassador of the Invasive Species Council as well as serving on the Advisory Boards of Solar Heads of State, Climate Accountability Institute and Bob Brown Foundation.

Helping Green women to be more effective and confident in politics and community activism was the main reason I wrote, 'An Activist Life'. There are many experiences which are common across different cultures and political systems. How can we benefit more from one another’s experience and expertise? What does it mean to be the Global Greens Ambassador? How can we, as a Global Greens Party, make more use of the role particularly in our region?


An Activist Life in Politics and as Global Greens Ambassador