Shane Rattenbury

Australian politician and former Speaker of the ACT Legislative Assembly Shane Rattenbury, is a member of the multi-member unicameral Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly representing the electorate of Molonglo for the ACT Greens since 2008. He was the first Speaker in any Parliament in the world representing a Green political party.

While on the cross bench in the 7th Assembly, Rattenbury held the portfolios of Attorney-General, Environment, Climate Change and Water, Energy, Police and Emergency Services, Tourism, Sport and Recreation. Rattenbury subsequently struck a deal with the minority Labor Government to retain a place in the Cabinet as the Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability, Minister for Justice and Consumer Affairs, Minister for Corrections, and Minister for Mental Health. 

Shane Rattenbury was the driving force behind the ACT’s formal declaration of a climate change emergency, making ACT the first Australian state or territory to acknowledge we are in a state of climate emergency that requires urgent actions across all levels of government.



“Climate change is the challenge of our generation. Our future depends on the decisions before us today – cutting emissions, leaving coal in the ground, and embracing the renewables revolution.”



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The National Climate Emergency Summit will convene practitioners, advocates, governments, youth leaders and industry innovators to unpack what a climate emergency response could look like at local, national, and global levels.



Four strategic priorities will steer the Summit Program, presenting a focused conference program of plenary and breakout sessions.

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The Summit Program aims to attract a wide range of participants to help define and align key strategy and action that supports an emergency-scale transition.