Anna Jane (AJ) Linke is a passionate, young voice for the ocean and an advocate for waste stream reduction. She committed herself to getting people thinking differently about the rubbish they were producing when she was 21 living in Chile. There, she started up a group called ‘Revolution de la Basura’ (The Rubbish Revolution) which worked with councils to go into schools and show kids how to upcycle their trash.

In 2014, AJ founded Seaside Scavenge as a response to the lack of awareness amongst Australians about the proliferation of waste on their local beach or waterway. To date (April 2019), the Seaside Scavenge has inspired over 5,249 participants in 33 communities across Australia and the globe to remove 10,249kg of litter and 160,790 cigarette butts as well as redistribute 7,671kg of second-hand goods.

AJ Linke with Take3 and Surfrider

AJ Linke with Take3 and Surfrider

AJ has turned Seaside Scavenge into a for-purpose organisation that operates across Australia and internationally. AJ is currently diversifying the services provided by Seaside Scavenge to create a wholesome approach that supports local government corporate, food outlets amongst others to learn about the waste streams they produce and how to reduce them. 

Her achievements include being awarded the 2017 Green Globe ‘Young Sustainability Champion’; receiving the 2018 Young Citizen of the Year award by Randwick City Council and being a finalist in the 2018 Women’s Agenda ‘Emerging Female Leader in the Not-For-Profit Sector’.

AJ Linke receiving Young Citizen of the Year award from Randwick Council

AJ Linke receiving Young Citizen of the Year award from Randwick Council

Her story is one that shares the unique, fun and direct approach of shifting behaviours. She has hosted talks for universities, for corporates, at conferences, and has empowered audiences to be part of the solution with whatever means available to them.  

AJ creates an atmosphere that activates and highlights the practical ways in which the audience can change their consumer culture of plastic and clothing waste to improve the state of the ocean and overall land in a place where the audience feels connected to champion their own issues that could change the direction of our planet.

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