The Knitting Nannas redefining the face of activism

featuring Mark Ogge and Ebony Bennett
Members of the Knitting Nannas hold placards during a press conference outside the NSW Supreme Court in Sydney, Thursday, October 13, 2022. Climate-impacted 'Knitting Nannas' are launching a constitutional challenge to new NSW anti-protest laws.
AAP Image/Bianca De Marchi


As the government shelves important reform to the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act, the Knitting Nannas are getting out into their communities and demanding an end to fossil fuel projects.

They may not fit the stereotype of activists, but the Knitting Nannas are a force to be reckoned with. In their own words, they “sit, knit, plot, have a yarn and a cuppa, and bear witness to the war against the greedy, short-sighted corporations”. On this episode of Follow the Money, Kathy McKenzie and Marie Flood from the Sydney Knitting Nannas, along with the Australia Institute’s Mark Ogge, join us discuss the future of activism and why it’s time to stop new fossil fuel projects.

This episode was recorded on Tuesday 19 March 2024 and things may have changed since recording.

Find out more about the Knitting Nannas at Hear all the sessions from our Climate Integrity Summit 2024 on our website.

Guest: Kathy McKenzie, Sydney Knitting Nannas and Friends

Guest: Marie Flood, Sydney Knitting Nannas and Friends

Guest: Mark Ogge, Principal Advisor, the Australia Institute // @MarkOgge

Host: Ebony Bennett, Deputy Director, the Australia Institute // @ebony_bennett

Producer: Jennifer Macey // @jennifermacey

Additional editing: Emily Perkins

Theme music: Pulse and Thrum; additional music by Blue Dot Sessions

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