Seed is a youth Indigenous Youth Climate Network committed to a just and sustainable future with strong cultures and communities powered by renewable energy.
According to Angel Owen, a Butchulla and Woppaburra Woman who is Seed’s Organising Director, the impacts of climate change directly threaten the health and well-being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
“Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are so interconnected with country. We have been living sustainability of this land for thousands of generations,” Ms Owen explained.
“We don’t only see the impacts of climate change first and worst. We FEEL the impacts first and worst. We feel the impacts through the destruction of country through the fossil fuel industry and through the environmental impacts which change elements of the stories our old people have passed down to us for generations.”
As a result, the organisation has campaigned extensively on environmental issues that directly affect Indigenous people, including fracking.
“Right now, Seed is supporting frontline communities and Traditional Owners in the Northern Territory in their fight to protect country against dangers shale gas fracking plans by companies like Origin Energy, Santos and Empire Energy,” Ms Owen said, adding that there is a petition that ANMF members can sign, while people can also support the organisation through donations.
“In order to ensure Seed can continue doing the work that we do, supporting frontline communities and Traditional Owners and building up our young mob across the country, you can donate to our climate justice fund at http://www.seedmob.org.au/climatejusticefund.”
More information about Seed’s work can be found on the organisation’s website.
Sunday, 11 July, is the last day of NAIDOC Week. The theme this year is Heal Country. More information can be found on the NAIDOC website.