Brockovich wants to be 'Aussie Erin'
Environmental campaigner Erin Brockovich. Photo: Marissa Calligeros
Environmentalist Erin Brockovich is so dedicated to green issues in Australia she is planning to apply for dual citizenship.
In Brisbane today to launch a nationwide Environmental Justice Society, Ms Brockovich said she was drawn to the country by the beauty of the wide brown land and the lush tropics in dire need of protection.
Sometimes it takes an outsider to come back in and just gently remind you of what you have that a lot of places don't.
"I'm pushing in a good way for dual citizenship between the United States and Australia," she said.
"Sometimes it takes an outsider to come back in and just gently remind you of what you have that a lot of places don't."
Ms Brockovich came to public attention after actress Julia Roberts won an Academy Award for her portrayal of the battling mother-of-three who exposed a pesticide scandal in the San Francisco Bay area.
The campaigner said she had already begun plotting sites of concern around Australia, including at least two in Queensland.
"I already have eight sites," she said.
"I really want to get here and be here for months at a time and ... just drive and go and meet these communities.
"Maybe then we'll begin to get some answers."
First on her travel itinerary she said would be the Noosa Wetlands, where in 2008 two-headed fish embryos were discovered at a fish hatchery close to where a macadamia nut plantation was sprayed with the chemical carbendazim.
"In Queensland we have a pesticide problem," Ms Brockovich said.
She said she hoped the Environmental Justice Society would enable Australians to prevent the environmental disasters that had plagued the United States.
"Ultimately I'd love to see all Australians takes the responsibility of acting as custodians of the magnificent natural environment you have in your country," she said.
"It's unique and it needs to be taken care of in the best way possible."
The society's website will act as a conduit between the public and an expert advisory panel with representatives from the World Wildlife Fund, the University of Queensland and Shine Lawyers.
Executive secretary Rebecca Jancauskas said the main aim of the society was to enable Australians to voice their concerns and take action.
"The committee will help Australians pursue justice if their life or the livelihood of the community is being negatively impacted by the actions of a company," she said.