Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Chris McGrath

Dr Chris McGrath is a Brisbane barrister specialising in environmental law and an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Global Change Institute at the University of Queensland.

In his career as a barrister, he has acted for conservation groups and individuals fighting to protect many parts of the environment, from flying foxes to whales and a healthy climate.
He often acts against large, aggressive and well-resourced opponents. He has learnt to go on after hard losses. His principal areas of practice at present are climate litigation and illegal logging.

Over the past decade he has taught environmental law and litigation at the University of Queensland and the Australian National University. His current research focuses on climate litigation and community legal education.

His website (www.envlaw.com.au) has case studies of environmental litigation in Australia and lectures on a range of environmental law topics.

The topic of his keynote address is “Use whatever imperfect tools you have to fight for solutions”. It tells the story of his own journey through the law and teaching to fight for solutions to protect the environment.

Erica McWilliam

Erica McWilliam (Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Education, QUT) is an internationally recognised scholar in the field of pedagogy with a particular focus how teachers prepare young people for ‘over the horizon’ futures. In her numerous presentations to educational leaders, teachers, parents and students, she elaborates on the challenges faced by all those who are seeking to ensure that our young people will live, learn and earn well in this demanding century. In particular, she stresses the importance of the role of teachers in providing ‘low threat, high challenge’ learning environments that assist young people to welcome error and the instructive complications of unfamiliarity and complexity. She is a Fellow of the Australian Council of Education, an Honorary Fellow of the Australia Council of Educational Leadership and an Associate Fellow of the Learning and Teaching Council of Australia. Her most recent book, Educating Girls, is published with the Queensland University Press and Brisbane Girls Grammar School.

James Whelan

James Whelan is a researcher and community organiser with Environmental Justice Australia, working with communities impacted by coal mines and power stations and the rapid energy transition. As director of the Change Agency, he runs training programs for community members campaigning for social and environmental justice. James is a member of the Black Bulga intentional community, caring for and learning from an inspiring 125 acre bush block in the Monkerai Valley. He lives on the land of the Awabakal and Worrimi people in Muloobinba (Newcastle).

Melanie Parker

Melanie Parker, EdD
Coordinator of Environmental Literacy and Outdoor Education
Anne Arundel County Public Schools, Maryland, USA
Arlington Echo Outdoor Education Center

Melanie combines her passion for the environment and love of teaching by serving as the Coordinator of Environmental Literacy and Outdoor Education for Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS) in Maryland.  She oversees residential and day programming for over 25,000 students each year at various facilities. Through the development and implementation of environmental literacy and outdoor programming, students of all ages are engaged through hands-on outdoor experiences developing the knowledge, skills, and motivation to make and act upon responsible environmental decisions.

Melanie has been with AACPS for over 22 years serving as a teacher prior to becoming the administrator. Before coming to AACPS she worked with environmental nonprofits. She has BAs in Geography, and Visual & Performing Arts, MS in Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management, and Doctorate of Education. She holds teaching and administration certifications.

 

Wild Mob Youth Ambassadors

https://wildmob.org/youth-ambassadors-program

The best way to safeguard our environment for the next generation? Get the next generation involved!
Young people have always been a huge part of Wild Mob.  We believe that educating and inspiring the next generation is crucial to safeguarding our environment for years to come. Through our Education Programs, we provide environmental education opportunities to Australian and New Zealand schools. These adventurous learning programs turn theory into authentic conservation practice, in some of the world’s most biodiverse hotspots. Youth have the unique opportunity to support critically endangered ecosystems, interwoven with cultural and community engagement.

The Youth Ambassadors Program
Our Youth Ambassadors Program is the next step in this education evolution.  Our vision is to help grow a group of young people across Australia to be the next leaders in environmental conservation.  Using Wild Mob as a platform for action, Youth Ambassadors will identify environmental issues requiring attention and develop measurable, achievable, sustainable solutions to help address these challenges.

Youth Ambassadors Purpose:
To step up as the next generation and take charge of the environmental challenges that are being left for us.  We want to do it our way and have our voices heard on how to create sustainable futures. It’s our turn to change the tide.

Youth Ambassadors Mission:
Through Wild Mob, we are taking on the role of Youth Ambassadors to engage young people in taking direct action to protect critically endangered ecosystems.

Who are the Youth Ambassadors?
Our team of ambassadors are a diverse mix of teenagers with varying skills, interests and experiences.  Most Youth Ambassadors have volunteered with Wild Mob on conservation expeditions previously and thus seeded a desire to further their engagement. New members are always welcome to join and be part of a dynamic team that works cooperatively, collaboratively and comfortably together.

Support:
The Wild Mob team are here to help with every step of the way, providing guidance and mentorship in logistics planning, communications, environmental knowledge, networking and community outreach.

Showcase Speakers

Beau Frigault

Dr. Beau Frigault is a resident at Gold Coast Health and the current Queensland State Committee Chair for Doctors for the Environment Australia. Doctors for the Environment Australia (DEA) is the only organisation of medical professionals in Australia solely focused on promoting good health through care of the environment.

Since forming in 2001, we have been guided by our vision ‘Healthy Planet, Healthy People’. We use compelling scientific evidence to demonstrate the important health benefits of clean air and water, biodiverse natural places, stable climates and sustainable health care systems.

Dr. Beau Frigault is a resident at Gold Coast Health and the current Queensland State Committee Chair for Doctors for the Environment Australia
Doctors for the Environment Australia (DEA) is the only organisation of medical professionals in Australia solely focused on promoting good health through care of the environment.

Since forming in 2001, we have been guided by our vision ‘Healthy Planet, Healthy People’. We use compelling scientific evidence to demonstrate the important health benefits of clean air and water, biodiverse natural places, stable climates and sustainable health care systems.

Richard Wylie

Richard Wylie is a marine biologist and PhD Candidate at Southern Cross University (researching how young adults “see” the marine environment using photography and Photo Elicitation). He is also the co-founder and Director of the Euakafa Island Research Centre in Tonga, along with being a member of the IUCN’s World Commission on Protected Areas, the Commission for Education and Communication and an International Fellow of the Explorers Club.

Richard’s photos have won or been placed in numerous international and national photography competitions (including a grand prize winner for the National Geographic) and used in publications ranging from journals, magazines, books and exhibitions in galleries internationally and in Australia. He is a passionate conservationist and has found photography to be an incredibly powerful communication tool for any conservation campaign. Richard believes that wildlife photography is a deeply personal and reflective process that expresses his genuine love of, and admiration for, the animals he encounters both above and below the water.

Guest Speaker – Conference Dinner

Ian Lowe

Ian Lowe AO is emeritus professor of science, technology and society at Griffith University and an adjunct professor at two other universities. He has filled a wide range of advisory roles for all levels of government, including directing the Commission for the Future in 1988 and chairing the advisory council that produced the first independent national report on the state of the environment in 1996. He has been a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering since 2005. The International Academy of Sciences, Health and Ecology recently awarded him the Konrad Lorenz Gold Medal for his contributions to sustainable futures.

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