David Ritter

David Ritter is CEO of Greenpeace Australia Pacific, where he leads a talented and determined team campaigning to fulfil Greenpeace's mission to secure an earth capable of nurturing life in all of its magnificent diversity.

Greenpeace has launched and executed a number of highly successful and deeply collaborative campaigns during David's time as CEO

A widely published writer, including three books, The Coal Truth, Contesting Native Title and the The Native Title Market, his insights into the climate emergency have been published in The Guardian, The Griffiths Review, Independent Australian and The Quarterly Essay.

A frequent and highly regarded keynote speaker, David uses his platform to take audiences on a journey; through the wonder and awe of the natural world, the powers that threaten it and his profound belief in the human capacity for good. Audiences will leave aware, empowered and hopeful.

Speaking topics

The Bridge To Tomorrow

Keeping hope alive through the fight for our future

What would it feel like, to wake up in a world free from the climate crisis. An equitable, just, flourishing world where the places and things we hold dearest were protected and thriving?

When it comes to the degradation of our natural world, there’s a lot to feel despair about; inactions of government, corrupt corporations, the vested interests of the fossil fuel industry. It’s all too easy to be so caught up in the fighting, we forget what it is we are fighting for.

In this 45 Minute Presentation, David

  • Invites the audience on a journey, to witness the breathtaking scene Greenpeace has made its mission to document.
  • Inspires a renewed personal love for and connection to the unique relationship each of us has with the natural world.
  • Provides real, evidence-based insight into the visible and hidden forces that stand in the way of environmental and social progress.
  • Gives each audience member a clear, achievable mission and role in the ongoing fight for our planet.


David Ritter is one of the most articulate, passionate and engaging speakers I have ever seen. David has an ability to synthesise complicated information about topics that most people find challenging, and present to audiences in a way that is articulate, easy to understand and persuasive. He is a commanding speaker that draws the crowd into his narrative and is adept at using story to illustrate his climate change arguments and content. I have seen David galvanise enormous crowds at the ends of conferences when people are weary and exhausted from content. Could not recommend more highly.
Executive Director, Morris Group Lilian Kline - Ceo, Impact Outfit

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