Environmental Officer

Ahmed Azhar    

Preferred Name: Ahmed

Degree and year of study?

Bachelor of Computer Science, third year.

What inspired you to engage with the office and role(s) you currently hold?

We are in the midst of an absolute climate catastrophe, fires have raged from Australia to the Amazon, entire islands are sinking into the ocean and millions of species are going extinct.

Yet the University of Adelaide has and continues to support climate criminals such as Santos and Lockheed Martin. These disgraceful partnerships have gone unchallenged for too long. This is the reason I ran for environment officer.

What Clubs are you involved with at UofA?

Socialist Alternative, Uni Students for Climate Justice.

What led you to join the club(s)?

I joined these clubs because they are leading the way in climate and other forms of activism. I think any struggle against climate vandalism must be tied in with a struggle against capitalism if it has any hope of being successful.

Favourite holiday destination/activity?

Everywhere in the world there are struggles going on against oppression, traveling is a great way of engaging in and learning from those struggles.

Favourite place to study on campus?

The second floor of the library is very under-rated. 

What do you hope to achieve in your office and role(s) in 2020?

I have three main aims for my office in 2020:

1. Kick fossil fuel and defence companies like Santos and Lockheed Martin off Campus! It's a disgrace the university maintains partnerships with these extremely destructive organisations. 

2. Help organise and call student protests both on campus and off. I helped organise two protests over the summer break, the first mobilising 8000 people at parliament house. It's these sorts of actions that are going to push the climate movement forward.

3. Fight inside the SRC. The SRC and the Adelaide University Union has an obligation to fight for climate action, I will use my position to advance this argument at every available opportunity from within the SRC.

What advice would you give to students starting out at the University of Adelaide?

Get involved in the climate movement! This is the issue of our generation and it is our lives that hang in the balance, millions of young people are fighting back and you should join that struggle.