Shane studied Economics and Law (Honours) at the Australian National University, and has been an environmental advocate for many years. In 2005, as head of Greenpeace’s global oceans campaign, Shane led an expedition of two Greenpeace ships to Antarctica to confront the Japanese whaling fleet.
Shane has been a Member of the ACT Legislative Assembly since 2008, where he has held a number of roles including Speaker and Minister. As Minister for Climate Change, Shane is implementing the ACT’s ambitious climate change agenda. The ACT has set world leading targets of 100% renewable electricity by 2020 and zero net emissions by 2045. Other recent initiatives have focused on reducing transport emissions, including building the first stage of the city’s light rail network and by commencing transition of the ACT Government’s vehicle fleet to zero emissions vehicles.