Janet Rice

Category: Parallel session

Biography

Janet Rice is a climate scientist, environmentalist, and a founding member of the Greens in Victoria. She is committed to standing up for a caring society, a fair economy and a clean environment. Janet Rice has been a passionate environmentalist and activist for over 30 years.

Janet took her seat in the Senate in 2014 and works with her Australian Greens colleagues in Parliament to be a strong voice for people and our environment.

Growing up in Melbourne’s western suburbs, Janet lives in Footscray with her partner Penny and their two adult sons.

A climate scientist by training, Janet began her working life campaigning to protect our forests. She was part of the 1983 Franklin River Blockade, and a leader of the campaign that resulted in the Errinundra National Park in East Gippsland. Within a decade, she was a founding member of the Greens in Victoria.

Janet was the first co-ordinator of Bicycle Network Victoria’s Ride2Work program and chair of the Metropolitan Transport Forum in Melbourne, advocating her vision for healthy, clean and safe transport. As councillor and mayor of the City of Maribyrnong, Janet worked to involve people in Council decision making and positioned the city as a leader in reducing the carbon pollution that causes global warming. She even swapped the mayoral car for a bike as part of her commitment to reduce pollution.

As a Greens Senator for Victoria, Janet is committed to taking action for a caring and sustainable society.

Janet's work in the Parliament focusses on her portfolios of transport and infrastructure, forests, mental health, gender identity and intersex issues, and tourism, as well as handling workplace relations in the Senate. She advocates for federal funding for public transport, bike and walking infrastructure, stands up for the rights of gender diverse and intersex people, and is working to protect Australia’s native forests and the animals that rely on them from destruction of logging.

Janet is the co-convenor of the Parliamentary Friendship Group for LGBTIQ Australians and the Amnesty International Parliamentary Group, a member of Finance and Public Administration committee, and an active participating member of the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport committee, Economics committee, and Education and Employment committee.

Links

http://janet-rice.greensmps.org.au/portfolios/forests

Other speakers in this session

Michelle Sheather

She is the International Development Coordinator for the Australian Greens.

Terry Reintke

Terry Reintke is a Member of the European Parliament, elected 2014 at the age of 27 which makes her the youngest female MEP.

Linnéa Engström

Linnéa Engström is a Green MEP from Sweden. She is a first vice chair of the fisheries committee, substitute member in committees ENVI and FEMM. Political scientist with a great interest in Russia, development, gender and security policy.

Anita Nautiyal

Anita Nautiyal, science graduate, educationist, Co Founder of Ananda Vatika Green GurukulamAVGG since August 2016, has established a Green School – Ananda Vatika Green Gurukulam – at Madan Negi in Tehri Garhwal of Uttarakhand.

Veronica Juzgado

Sociologist. She is one of the conveners of the Global Greens Women's Network and the former Global Greens Coordinator. Passionate about the idea of the consolidation of a worldwide green movement.

Michiel van de Kasteelen

Studied International Law, International Organisations and International Relations at Leyden University.

Andrew Kroglund

Andrew Kroglund is international secretary of the Norwegian Green Party. He has worked as a director or senior adviser in several Norwegian NGOs, and has been the Vice President of the International Rainforest Foundation. He is currently an author and consultant.

Efi Xanthou
  • Efi Xanthou, 2nd Vice President, Cyprus Green Party.
  • Political Scientist, MBA (Master in Business Administration) graduate.
  • Cyprus Green Party delegate to various EGP Congress and Council meetings since 2001.
Ciarán Cuffe

Ciarán is a Green Party councillor in Dublin’s North Inner City, and chairs Dublin City Council's Transport Committee. He has served as a member of parliament, and as Minister of State with responsibility for climate change, planning and sustainable transport and travel.

Jeremy Burke

Jeremy Burke is a world leader in green investment and green financing institutions. He is an Australian Greens member, living in London.

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