The Big Teal (In the National Interest) (Paperback)
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The May 2022 election marked the great re-engagement of those ignored and patronised for too long on climate, integrity, and gender equity. The electoral map has been dramatically redrawn. However, the triumph of the ‘teals’ was not entirely unexpected to those assisting their rise, such as Climate 200 founder Simon Holmes à Court. As Australia entered its lost decade on climate action, he observed that conventional advocacy had become a case of diminishing returns, and that Cathy McGowan’s election as a community independent in 2013 provided a template for direct political engagement. The result was Climate 200, a crowdfunded outfit intended to provide the money and expertise to better match the major parties and turbocharge the grassroots movement emerging in thirty-plus electorates. This is the story of how a team of inspired young tech-heads and older sages used their real and virtual-world experience to help a cluster of communities get the representation they wanted.
About the Author
Simon Holmes à Court has stood at the intersection of community, climate action, and politics since May 2007, when he attended the meeting of a community group setting out to build Australia’s first community-owned wind farm. Fifteen years later to the month, at the May 2022 federal election, one of this former Silicon Valley dotcom engineer’s startups, Climate 200, harnessed community, climate action, and politics to play a major role in shaking up Australia’s tired old political order.