For some, the climate crisis isn’t just cause for alarm; it’s a catalyst for action. Adventurer and environmentalist Huw Kingston sought to tackle the issue from the inside out by throwing his hat into the ‘snakepit’ of Australian politics for the 2019 general election.  

I looked for water but the river ran dry. I could have cried and, if I had, my tears would have been the only thing flowing in those parts. I was in southern India with a plan to kayak—but no water to do so.

The day before, in a hotel in the hill country of Andhra Pradesh, I’d made a decision I’d been ruminating on for months. Swatting mosquitos after giving a keynote presentation at an adventure travel conference, I decided to stand as a candidate in the forthcoming Australian election. I’d never stood for any level of government before, but I’d had enough.

All expeditions have a catalyst. The one for this next journey had been four months earlier. In the midst of an Australian winter, after some fine days touring and turning in the Snowy Mountains, I skied back to my car. The high I was on took a dive when I switched on the car radio and listened in disbelief to the news that another sitting Prime Minister had been dumped by his own party. Australia was truly now the coup capital of the western world.