Staff - Campaign Manager
Mike really only wanted to play drums and write music for theatre. But the experience of expecting his second daughter while the government of the day was tearing up climate legislation changed all that.
"I was a teenager in the ozone hole era, so I grew up hearing about a civilisation-threatening problem which was getting worse every year and thinking, 'Wow, I hope someone does something about that.'. And one year they did! There was an international agreement, and change came, all without me having to do anything special."
"So when I heard about climate change I instinctively related to it in the same way, waiting for Other People to come along and fix everything without me. The years went by, and the world just kept getting hotter. One day I realised there simply weren't enough of these Other People. That if everyone who was as worried as me was doing as little as I was, there was no path to a good future for my unborn daughter."
"I couldn't live with that. It wrenched me out of the life I was living, and I threw myself into volunteering, having to learn all kinds of new skills. Soon I got work as a community organiser, helping others take that same step from worry to action, and to work out how best to spend their limited time for the most impact. I'm excited to bring those skills to work with the amazing AP4CA community!"
Mike lives with his 8 year old daughter on Wurundjeri country, in the northern suburbs of Melbourne.