Anna Rose is an Australian author, lecturer and environmentalist. She co-convenes the Vice-Chancellor’s course in Leadership & Influence at the Australian National University. Her first full-length book is Madlands: A Journey To Change The Mind of a Climate Sceptic (MUP, 2012).
Anna was co-founder and was formerly Co-Director and Chair of the Australian Youth Climate Coalition as well as the former Environment Minister’s joint Young Environmentalist of the Year.
Anna’s passion for social and environmental justice was sparked at the age of 14, when she set up recycling, composting and a school sport called “environmental campaigning” at her school in Newcastle. She became a climate change campaigner after her grandparent’s farm in North Western NSW was affected by drought, and Anna connected the dots to climate change.
In 2005, Anna deferred her Arts/Law degree for a year to move to Melbourne and work for the National Union of Students. Working with students across 37 Universities, Anna and other student climate activists won major energy efficiency and clean energy victories. As she saw campus after campus reduce energy and enact ambitious climate change policies, her motto became, “those who say it can’t be done should get out of the way of those already doing it”. At the end of that year, after attending the United Nations Kyoto Protocol negotiations in Montreal, Anna decided to establish the Australian Youth Climate Coalition (AYCC). AYCC is now one of Australia’s largest youth organisations.
Anna co-authored the book Future by Us (Hardie Grant, 2009), is a former editor of Australia’s largest student paper Honi Soit, and holds a first class honours degree in Arts (Asian Studies) and Law from the University of Sydney. She has spent time studying and working in the United States, including trudging through snow for the Obama campaign in the New Hampshire Primary explaining to Americans that the policies of their Government actually affect other countries.
Anna was named one of Sydney’s 100 Most Influential People by the Sydney Morning Herald and is a 2011 Churchill Fellow, having completed her research in the United States, UK and China researching innovative climate change policies and youth-driven social movements. She is the former climate campaigner at GetUp and previously worked as a senior strategy consultant at political and communications consultancy Make Believe.
Anna is most well-known for taking one of Australia’s remaining high-profile climate sceptics, former Finance Minister Nick Minchin, on a journey around the world aiming to help him accept the science of climate change. The documentary, called ‘I Can Change Your Mind on Climate Change’ aired on the ABC in April 2012 followed by a Q&A special with billionaire mining magnate Clive Palmer and other guests.
Madlands: A Journey To Change The Mind of a Climate Sceptic was written over the 4 weeks of filming the ABC documentary, and the manuscript was finished in two months over the summer of 2011-12. In 2012 Anna completed a four month long book and speaking tour around outer suburban, regional and rural Australia with a team of young people. She now lives on the south side of Canberra with her husband Simon.
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