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Beyond Your Command: Youth Activism Today
On the streets, on the airwaves and online – a new generation of young Australian activists are speaking up and demanding action on climate change, Indigenous self-determination, queer rights and more.
In this conversation, we hear from leading young Australian voices across intersecting political movements – Paige Burton, Lawrence Reginald Chang and Maiysha Moin. They discuss the tide of youth activism sweeping many parts of the globe, and the increasing appetite for challenging the status quo here at home. What would this country look like if young people were seen, heard and taken seriously? What does advocacy look like for young people whose voices haven’t traditionally been sought? And how might we change our political institutions to ensure the future is not hostage to the whims and debts of the presently powerful?
Presented in partnership with the Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare.
Paige is an NGO messaging and campaigning consultant. She was the 2017 Australian Youth Representative to the United Nations, conducting the largest ever consultation of Australian young people. She previously served as the National Education Director and Chair of the Board for United Nations Youth Australia.
Maiysha is a Year 12 student based in Melbourne. Her environmental activism journey came to the limelight with her interview on the Today Show and various media outlets in promotion of the School Strikes across Australia. Since then, her passion for climate change and sustainability has manifested in the new initiative, Climate Leaders, and her tenure as Environment Captain at her school. Maiysha’s interests are not limited to environmental activism, but also extends to women’s rights and social equality.
Reginald Chang is an aspiring photographer and community leader. Reginald has previously worked for many community organisations which help to spark change in the lives of young people. As a queer person of colour who has faced many challenging adversities, Reginald hopes that by using the power of voice, he will be able to inspire and promote change, challenge inequality and fight for a fairer society for everyone, especially young people who have been in out-of-home care or have faced hardships growing up.