Speaker

Claire O’Rourke

Author, Environmentalist and Advocate

 

Claire O’Rourke is an author, environmentalist and advocate, with two decades working in journalism, communications and campaigns across Australia and around the world. Claire helps others take action on climate change, currently as Australia Program Director at The Sunrise Project. Claire’s first book, Together We Can, was published by Allen & Unwin in 2022.

Previously Claire was National Director of Solar Citizens, a community-led renewable energy advocacy organisation. A former journalist, Claire has extensive experience advocating for social impact, including driving communications for the Every Australian Counts campaign for the National Disability Insurance Scheme and as a senior leader at Amnesty International Australia.

Claire’s father worked at coal fired power stations all his career, and now she spends her days working on how we can replace them in time to avoid the worst impacts of climate change, and how we can ensure workers, communities and First Nations peoples share the benefits as the world quickly moves to clean, renewable energy.