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Isaac Astill

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Isaac Astill
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Born (1993-03-17) 17 March 1993 (age 31)
🏡 ResidenceCanberra, ACT
🏳️ NationalityAustralian
🏫 EducationFlinders University
💼 Occupation
🏡 Home townYankalilla, South Australia
🏅 AwardsBob Brown Young Environmentalist of the Year
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Isaac Astill (born 1993, Adelaide) is an Australian community organiser, campaigner and climate change activist. He was the Bob Brown Young Environmentalist of the Year in 2013, for his efforts in campaigning against proposed coal ports along the Great Barrier Reef.[1][2][3][4]

Climate change activism[edit]

Shortly after completing high school, Astill joined the Australian Youth Climate Coalition (AYCC), and was a member of their delegation to the 2011 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa. Later, Isaac became the National Tour Manager for Co-Founder and Chair of the AYCC Anna Rose, while she promoted her book Madlands: A Journey to Change the Mind of a Climate Sceptic.[5] Astill studied politics and philosophy at Flinders University, before withdrawing from his degree to move to Queensland in an attempt to help communities campaign against locally proposed coal ports along the coast of the Great Barrier Reef. Later in 2013, Astill received the Bob Brown Young Environmentalist of the Year award for his efforts.[1][2][6] In 2014, Astill worked as the Director of Campaigns for Make Me Fossil Free.[7] Astill has acted as a spokesperson for[8] and has supported the Marrickville Council in their move to divest from financial institutions which fund fossil fuel extraction and export projects.[9] In 2015, Astill joined four other activists in blockading the Whitehaven Coal's Maules Creek mine project. He said of his actions:

"I want to be able to look the next generation in the eyes and say ‘I did everything I could to stop the fossil fuel industry.'”[10]

Personal life[edit]

Astill was bought up in Yankalilla, South Australia where he attended the local area school. As of 2014 he lives in Canberra.[7]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "20-year-old travelled 2400km to protect the Barrier Reef". The Morning Bulletin. Retrieved 2014-06-09.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Former Yankalilla man wins Bob Brown environment award". FLinders News. 2013-07-02. Retrieved 2015-04-12.
  3. "2013 Environmentalist of the Year Awards". Retrieved 2015-07-13.
  4. "KAFDA campaigner wins award". Rockhampton Morning Bulletin. Retrieved 2015-07-13.
  5. "Madlands". Melbourne University Publishing. Retrieved 4 April 2012.
  6. "2013 Young Environmentalist of the Year". The Bob Brown Foundation. Retrieved 2015-04-12.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Make Me Fossil Free". Retrieved 9 June 2014.
  8. "CommBank targeted in protest against coal investment in Sydney CBD". ABC News. Retrieved 2015-07-13.
  9. Lloyd, Graham (2015-01-28). "Marrickville Council shuns big four banks for fossil-free firms". The Australian. Retrieved 2015-04-12.
  10. "Bat Attack protest continues at controversial Whitehaven owned Maules Creek mine site - Front Line Action on Coal". Retrieved 2015-07-13.


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