Youth activists have become some of our strongest voices advocating for climate justice. They are heralded as leaders of the future, yet fear that without action from politicians, they will never see the future they’ve been burdened with building. In this electrifying conversation, a panel of Australia’s most inspiring young activists, Jean Hinchliffe (Lead the Way), Daisy Jeffrey (On Hope) and Varsha Yajman, share how they are tackling the most pressing issue of our time with Santilla Chingaipe. 

This podcast was recorded live at the 2021 Sydney Writers’ Festival and is available on all major podcast platforms.

Jean Hinchliffe (Australian)

Jean Hinchliffe

Jean Hinchliffe is a climate justice activist and an organiser within School Strike 4 Climate. Jean began her activism at age 13, when she volunteered with the Yes campaign for marriage equality. Since then, she has also worked with organisations such as GetUp! and Stop Adani. Jean’s first book, Lead the Way: How to change the world from a teen activist and school striker was published by Pantera Press in March 2021.

Varsha Yajman (Australian)

Varsha Yajman

Varsha is a university student and climate advocate. She has been an organiser for School Strike for Climate and was the 2020 NSW Schools Coordinator for the AYCC. Seeing the inadequacy of climate action being taken sparked her passion to engage in an intersectional movement that is not only about fighting for climate action but climate justice.

Daisy Jeffrey (Australian)

Daisy Jeffrey

Daisy Jeffrey is a university student and organiser in the school climate strikes, one of which was one of the largest protests in Australian history, galvanising over 300,000 people to demand climate action. Daisy is also a fierce champion for gender equality. She is the author of On Hope.

Santilla Chingaipe (Australian)

Santilla Chingaipe

Santilla Chingaipe is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. A regular contributor for The Saturday Paper, her first book of non-fiction is due later this year. Santilla is a member of the Federal Government’s Advisory Group on Australia-Africa Relations and lives in Melbourne.