Bob Brown Foundation
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Jenny Weber has 20 years experience in volunteer activism for Australia’s environment. Her first participation in non-violent direct actions were at Goolengook in East Gippsland, Wandella state forests in southern NSW and Hinchinbrook Island in north Qld. Arriving in 1998 in Tasmania to volunteer with The Wilderness Society on the Tasmanian forests campaign, Jenny and her activist partner Adam have been at the forefront of native forest defence since.
Currently Jenny is the Campaign Manager with the Bob Brown Foundation. An environmental foundation that is all about action with a vision to protect Australia’s wild and scenic natural places of ecological and global significance. The moto at the Foundation is Action for Earth.
Since joining the Foundation, Jenny has managed many campaigns to defend and protect the environment. Including the campaign to defend the great southern forests of Tasmania that Tony Abbott tried to have removed from World Heritage listing, and ongoing campaigns for National Park and World Heritage protection and return to Aboriginal ownership for takayna / Tarkine, protection of all habitat for the critically endangered Swift Parrot, and an end to native forest logging in Australia’s unique wildlife-rich forests.
Before joining the Foundation, Jenny spent twelve years co-ordinating hundreds of direct action campaigns in Tasmania’s southern forests that were finally granted World Heritage protection in 2013. Managing the Huon Valley Environment Centre among a team of fellow volunteers, Jenny also carried out a markets campaign targeting the Sarawak logging company Ta Ann. In 2010 she co-authored a report about the role of the company Ta Ann in the logging of ancient forests, and in their misrepresentation of the wood supply to their Japanese corporate customers. She travelled to Japan to inform Ta Ann’s corporate customers about the true provenance of the timber they were sourcing.
She has been the backroom organiser of direct action campaigns and public demonstrations, as well as the front-of-house media spokesperson. She is also a hands-on researcher: she surveys and reports on threatened biodiversity and logging operations. She is committed to educating the public, and has conducted hundreds of open days into threatened logging areas, and curates art exhibitions to raise funds.
Jenny has been arrested four times after taking action to stop old growth forest logging. She was a defendant, along with her husband, in the Gunns 20 lawsuit.
Jenny Weber has a sociology degree from the University of Wollongong, NSW. Jenny is a mum of two beautiful children, Ruby and Finn. She is married to Adam Burling, a fellow forest activist, and media manager with Sea Shepherd Australia.