We are excited to announce Christine Milne as an advisor to Solar Head of State.
Christine Milne was the Leader of the Australian Greens from 2012 to 2015 in the Australian Parliament. She was elected to represent Tasmania in the Federal Parliament in 2004 after a distinguished career in the Tasmanian State Parliament (1989-98). She was instrumental in developing the Clean Energy Package, which was the core legislation responsible for addressing climate change and resulted in the establishment of the Climate Change Authority, Australian Renewable Energy Agency, the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, the Biodiversity Fund and the Carbon Farming Initiative. Previously, Christine had a long history of fighting to protect the environment on a local level - she was arrested and jailed on the campaign to save the Franklin River in 1983 and led the successful campaign to save old growth forests and first class agricultural land from an elemental chlorine pulp mill at Wesley Vale in 1987-89.
Christine also served on the Global Council of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) from 2000-2008 with four years as one of the four global Vice Presidents. She represented the organization at the Conference of the Parties to the Climate Change Convention at Montreal, Nairobi and Bali. She has attended UNFCCC COPs regularly, since COP4 in Buenos Aires and most recently COP21 in Paris.
Christine was the first woman to lead a political party in Tasmania and is a leader in the environmental movement in Australia and overseas. She was appointed to the United Nations Environment Programme’s Global 500 Roll of Honour in 1990 and has received many awards during her distinguished career. She has also been awarded the Inaugural Women in Leadership Award for Tasmania in 2015.