About Us

How JCJ began 

Jim and Kanchana met in 2010 and discovered their mutual interest in climate justice. Kanchana was living in Sri Lanka and wanted to improve environmental awareness there, and Jim had connections with people in Australia wanting to offset carbon emissions more effectively – so JCJ was born.

Most carbon offset programs on offer at that time were limited to tree plantations with dubious or unknown long-term climate effects, and Jim felt that JCJ could offer an innovative alternative.

JCJ became an Incorporated Association in January 2011, with a launch by the Governor of Victoria that March, and the first project run in Sri Lanka in August 2011.

Learn more about the full history of projects JCJ has organised and supported.

About JCJ Committee 

We are an entirely volunteer-run organisation; our committee members meet monthly and do the bulk of the work running the organisation with the aid of volunteers who take on occasional or ad hoc tasks.

Some of our key volunteers are listed below.

Kanchana Weerakoon

Co-founder & President

Kanchana is a renowned Sri Lankan ecologist with more than 15 years of local and international conservation experience. Kanchana came up with the idea of the Journeys (Yathras) as a way of building momentum for action on climate change. Kanchana is the founder, president and spokesperson for Sri Lankan volunteer-based environmental organisation ECO-V.


Jim Crosthwaite

Co-founder & Volunteer 

Jim is a co-founder of JCJ. After lecturing in the economics of climate change and forming the Safe Climate Economics Group, he began to personally offset emissions in ways that tested alternative possibilities. Jim has worked as an environmental economist since 1988 and is currently a teacher of the Alexander Technique.


Jack Schmidt

Committee Secretary since 2011

Jack is a mechanical engineer with many years of experience working for environmental groups. He co-founded the Mullum Branch of ACF, is a longstanding member of Environment Victoria, and has been actively involved in many environmental movements such as the Franklin River and Errinundra Plateau campaigns.


Tony Gleeson

Committee Member & Volunteer Coordinator

Tony is a climate solution seeker who taught high school English & student leadership for over 3 decades. He co-hosts a weekly show on community radio in Geelong (www.climatesafety.info/thesustainablehour) and is active in many climate groups in Melbourne. In particular, he is a foundation member of Extinction Rebellion in Victoria, where he is a member of the non-violent direct action, climate justice & legal support working groups.


Natalie Laussade-Long

Vice President  

Natalie is a recent Monash University graduate with a Bachelor in Human Geography and International Studies. After working at the Oxfam Shop (Fairtrade products) for a few years until they recently closed down, she is now working at a Biome store (sustainable and zero-waste products). She is passionate about sustainability, international development and climate action, all areas she hopes to continue to work in throughout her life.  


Elyane Laussade

Treasurer 

Elyane is a concert pianist whose mission is to make the world a better place “one note at a time.”  Her awareness of the climate emergency, in particular the plight of the Carteret Islanders, inspired her to join JCJ so that she can help their and others’ dire situation in even a small way.


Sophie Schmidt

Committee Member & Social Media Manager


Kavindra Dahanayake

Committee Member

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