Elyssia Bugg

Environment and Sustainability Officer

I’m a PhD student in the School of Culture and Communication, and I’m standing with Left Action as the candidate for Environment and Sustainability Officer.   As an activist, I’ve been involved in organising the tens of thousands-strong protests during 2020’s horrific bushfires, and participated in 2019’s blockade of the International Mining and Resources Conference. I’m also a founding member of Uni Students for Climate Justice, and an active member of the NTEU.   The scale of the climate crisis is immense, and the need to act is urgent. In this context, though our futures may seem uncertain, one thing is clear: no amount of solar panels or University of Melbourne branded keep cups can adequately address this issue while universities like ours continue to foster ties with mining corporations.   Recently, we’ve seen our university’s management slash our jobs, subjects, research funding, and student welfare services all while providing support and funding for industries that are desecrating Indigenous land, displacing millions of people and destroying our planet.   For this reason, the GSA needs an activist-lead approach to environment and sustainability. If elected, I’ll use my position to continue to organise campaigns, and empower students, to fight for our planet and our future.