Environmental Law Australia

Use whatever imperfect tools you have to fight for solutions

Keynote speech to the Australian Association for Environmental Education (AAEE) Conference 2018.


We need to fight for recognition that nature is the foundation for prosperity. We need this to overturn the pervasive – and false – narrative in current media and political debates about the environment that protecting the environment costs jobs. Environmental education is most powerful in generating positive change when we show how solving environmental problems can create jobs and alleviate poverty. The path is not easy and the political headwinds are strong but we need to fight for solutions using whatever imperfect tools we have. This keynote address tells the story of the speaker’s own journey through the law and teaching to fight for solutions to protect the environment.

The slides for the speech are available: