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Murrawah Johnson is a Wirdi woman hailing from the broader Birragubba peoples of Central and North Queensland. She comes from Wangan and Jagalingou country. Murrawah is a spokesperson, community organiser and campaigner for the Wangan & Jagalingou Traditional Owners Family Council who are fighting to stop the Adani Carmichael coal mine proposed on their traditional country.
The Family Council’s campaign has captured the attention of the United Nations Special Rapporteur, First Nations Indigenous communities all over the world, environmental justice groups and the likes of author, activist and film maker, Naomi Klein. In 2015, Murrawah was Naomi Klein’s choice for the Grist 50 list of the top 50 movers and shakers to look out for.
Murrawah is a volunteer for Seed - Australia’s first Indigenous Youth Climate Network. Seed is building a movement of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders working to protect their land, culture and communities from the causes and impacts of climate change. A branch of the Australian Youth Climate Coalition, Seed runs facilitates training and educational campaigns and activities, building the capacity of young people to be a part of creating positive change.
Murrawah’s passions are advocating for Indigenous rights to self determination, the intersectionality of feminism - relating to the struggles of marginalised peoples, and challenging colonial gender roles and responsibilities within modern Aboriginal society and governance.