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About Us

We acknowledge the Traditional Owners, The Larrakia people, on whose land we meet, live, and work. We pay our respects to their elders past, present, and emerging. We acknowledge Australia’s First Nations were self-governing in accordance with their traditional laws and customs, and they never ceded sovereignty of their lands, seas, and waters. We have adopted the Climate Action Network Australia's First Nations solidarity principles, and the full statement can be read here.

The Environment Centre NT (ECNT) is the peak community sector environment organisation in the Northern Territory.

ECNT is fighting for a future where the Northern Territory’s nature thrives.

The Northern Territory is an area of unsurpassed ecological and cultural value on a global scale, with unique biological diversity, largely intact tropical savannas, and free-flowing interconnected ground and surface water systems.   

Our work aims to shift dominant development paradigms in the Northern Territory that see our landscapes as “undeveloped” and something to be exploited, rather than as unparalleled, precious and biodiverse ecosystems that are in everyone’s interests to protect. 

Originally established in 1983 to fight uranium mining in Kakadu National Park, we continue to work closely with communities across the Northern Territory to stop environmentally destructive projects, hold government and industry to account, and improve environmental regulation and governance.

We recognise the ownership and custodianship by Traditional Owners of lands and waters in the NT, and that solutions to the ecological crises we face must be led by First Nations people. We thus work closely and in solidarity with First Nations communities to ensure that their voices are amplified and influence decision-makers.

We harness the power of our community so that people everywhere are speaking up for the Territory’s environment.

We achieve this by

  • advocating for the improvement of environmental policies and performance of governments, landholders, business and industry;
  • partnering on projects and campaigns with conservation and climate organisations, governments, Indigenous organisations, community groups, businesses, and landholders;
  • raising awareness amongst community, government, business and industry about environmental issues and assisting people to reduce their environmental impact;
    supporting community members to participate in decision making processes and action;
  • recognising the rights, aspirations, responsibilities and knowledge of the Territory’s Indigenous peoples; 
  • acknowledging that environmental issues have a social dimension.