I've recently embarked on a new and exciting venture with The Wilderness Society - a ‘Movement for Life’.
Movement for Life is a community inspired movement. Designed to empower through skill sharing, ideas building, and networking. The future of The Wilderness Society involves all of us – a society of switched on people ready and armed to protect the places and people we love.
Mid April saw the wrap up the Movement for Life launches Australia-wide. It is now in full swing with a ‘taster’ session on tonight (April 27) and two-day training sessions beginning in May 2016 (running every two months).
I spoke at the WA launch to share my experiences as a volunteer and as an attendant of WA’s first community organising training. Here is what I said…
Do you know your neighbours?
The Wilderness Society WA launched their ‘neighbourhood collective’ project this week and it got me thinking. The night began like any other, with introductions. As we went around the room one thing became apparent. We were different; in age, ethnicity, and background. Yet we were the same; in values.
The night went on to explore the concept of power. What is power? Who has it? Why? The conclusion – people have power. We are powerful if only we knew how to be. Enter neighbourhood collectives.
The Wilderness Society have been organising, engaging and sustaining active Australians since 1976, when a small group of volunteers committed to protecting the wilderness of south-west Tasmania.
Since then the Wilderness Society has been working hard to protect our wild places and tackle impending climate change threats on a national scale. Despite the Wilderness Society’s countless successes over the decades, environmental degradation and climate change remain a fundamentally pressing issue. At the core of these issues is a mission to capture the hearts and minds of Australians who are passionate about protecting our wild places.