The City of Sydney launched its C40 Women4Climate Mentorship Program in May, with Mayor Clover Moore stating “Climate action is the City of Sydney’s top priority”, as reflected in the City’s 2030 Strategy and Climate Emergency declaration.
Ahead of the Global Climate Strike called for 20 September, the program’s 20 mentees are taking this opportunity to share the vision for each of their projects, and their view on climate activism. The outcomes of their projects will be presented at the global Women4Climate Conference in Sydney in April 2020.
Jacqueline Fetchet is an energy and corporate lawyer at Herbert Smith Freehills.
Bright Sparks of Light and Possibility
I see networks as key to our collective response to climate change. We are deeply connected to each other and the environment and exist within layers of networks reinforced by our economic, social, political and technological systems. Our ability to innovate, create, respond, adapt and thrive in the face of climate change will depend on three things: 1) establishing and maintaining relationships; 2) sharing knowledge and resources; and 3) inspiring others through leadership.
My vision is for a connected world. Here individuals and organisations connect via established and organic networks, access skills, share tools and collaborate to deliver projects at all scales. These networks are segmented across sectors, geographies and identities and exist online and in person. We use technology to share our stories and create spaces to come together and drive action.
People are empowered and equipped, inspired and active. We are bright sparks of light and possibility.
Bright Sparks is a network for engaged, motivated and passionate young renewable energy professionals across Australia. Our mission is to empower the next generation to deliver a clean energy future. Our vision is to build a sustainable network of young people working in renewable energy with the skills, connections and resources to have a voice and be leaders in our sector.
It is crucial to hold space for and increase the visibility of young people working in the energy and climate space – we are at the forefront of knowledge and implementation of climate solutions and will inherent the legacy of climate inaction as future leaders and change makers.
Our power is in the way we work together.
The Importance of Cities
Cities are incredibly networked hubs – vibrant epicentres of commerce and community where people are drawn together by natural networks of work, geography and common interests. We can leverage the power of and natural convergence to cities to develop local responses to regionally-specific climate challenges and enable coordinated climate action at all levels of society.
Bright Sparks emulates the C40 model of knowledge sharing, leadership and accountability on a micro scale for young people in the renewable energy industry.
My Support for the Global Climate Strike
As a legal advisor to major energy companies, often we look from the outside in to organisations making change and provide legal advice to specific problems. The Global Climate Strike presents an opportunity for consultants and advisors to take practical action in our own way and acknowledge the real impact of climate change on each project we work on and every client we advise.
As a teenager I would catch the train to the city to attend climate rallies. Now, I am proud to represent lawyers, young people, the energy sector and women as I step out onto the city streets on 20 September in solidarity with my global networks and planet Earth.
“If not you, then who? If not now, then when?”