Anna Rose is a freelance writer and climate change activist. She is co-founder and Chair of the Australian Youth Climate Coalition (AYCC) and is a former Environment Minister's joint Young Environmentalist of the Year. Her 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 the Drought, and Anna connected the dots to climate change.

Previously, Anna worked with the National Union of Students working with students across 37 Universities to win 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'.

Anna co-authored the book 'Future by Us', is a former editor of Australia's largest student paper, and holds a first class honours degree in Arts (Asian Studies) and Law. 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 is a Fellow of the International Youth Foundation and was named one of Sydney's 100 Most Influential People by the Sydney Morning Herald. She is the former climate campaigner at GetUp and is an associate of Sydney-based strategy and consultancy agency Make Believe, helping Australia's major not-for-profits do good, better.

Anna completed a Churchill fellowship traveling to the United States, UK and China researching innovative climate change policies and youth-driven social movements. She also organised a sustainable wedding and co-starred in a documentary that involved taking Liberal Party powerbroker Nick Minchin around the world trying to change his mind on climate change. 

Testimonials

“Very inspirational accomplished speaker. Good choice.”
- Griffith University

“Very motivated & motivating young lady.”
- Gartner Infrastructure, Operations and Data Centre Summit 2009

“If the young generation is as committed as Anna, the future is in good hands.”
- Tatts Group

“A good pitch from a very motivated person. Has made me think what I can do at work to use less power or be more efficient with energy use and save money at the same time.”
- Gartner Infrastructure, Operations and Data Centre Summit 2009

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