Every fortnight we send out a Climate News Update, which summarises the recent climate change news and presents it in a way that’s very easy to read - which means you can stay up to date without having to trawl the internet for that information yourself. It also includes at least 3 actions you can take for that fortnight.
The Update is compiled by Julian Atchison, a long-time volunteer of Climate for Change.
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We’re looking for up to three people who share our vision and values and who have the commitment, time, skills, networks and passion to help us make a meaningful impact.
To express your interest:
Please complete the application form here by midnight Wednesday 17th October, 2018 for the Secretary and Board Member positions, and by midnight Thursday November 1st for the Treasurer role.
Although C4C is a Melbourne-based organisation, we will consider applicants from around Australia (interstate Board Members would call into meetings via video-linking).
If you have any questions about this position or the application process, please email Kartik: firstname.lastname@example.org using the subject line: Governing Board Member (voluntary) enquiry via website
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Make your MP work for you! Your MP is your connection to Canberra and represents you there, so get them working on the issues you care about. You don’t have to be an expert. The simple fact that you care is a good enough reason to contact a politician.
The word from insiders in MPs’ offices is that letters and emails are taken very seriously - and counted! For everyone who takes the time to raise an issue with them, they know there are many more people who feel the same way. If they receive lots of correspondence on a particular issue, it will be discussed in policy meetings and can have an effect on decision-making.
Who to write to and how to contact them
Your Federal Member of Parliament
- To find your Federal MP, go here, type in your postcode, click the MP's name, then click on the 'Connect' tab to see their contact details.
Federal Senators for your state
- Find your state Senators and their contact details here, just type your postcode into the search bar.
The Prime Minister
- Contact details here
The Leader of the Opposition
- Contact details here
- Relevant Ministers or Shadow Ministers
State Members of Parliament
- Why? Policies about energy providers, or issues like fracking and mining, are made at the state-level.
- If you live in Victoria, you can find your MP here. Select your electorate from the dropdown menu and click search, then click your MP's name to view their contact details (if you're unsure of your electorate, you can search for it here).
What to write
- Make it clear that you are a voter in their electorate.
- Be polite. Make sure you use their full and correct name and title (click to enlarge).
- State who you are. Let them know you’re a parent/teacher/doctor etc., and mention if you have any connections in the community (e.g. attend a local school, belong to a community organisation/group, or work for a local business).
- State the reason why you are writing to them and outline very briefly the issue. Tell them how you feel and why it is so important to you. You can use letter templates as a guide for structure, but make sure your letter is in your own words.
- Be short and concise. Try to keep your letter to one page or less. If your letter is short and to the point, it will be obvious if their reply to you does or doesn't address your questions and concerns.
- Ask for action. It is good practice to always have a clear action you would like your MP to take. In the case of signing the Safe Climate Pledge, your initial ask is simple (sign it!), but other times your ask may be around raising your concerns with their parliamentary colleagues, or to speak out for the issue you’re writing to them about, or support a particular piece of legislation.
- Ask for a response to your requests or questions. So make sure your 'ask' ends with a question mark, because if it doesn't it isn't a question!
- When they reply, don’t accept a generic response. Reply to their response if they haven't addressed your concerns, or if you don’t get a response at all within a month. Don’t give up: they depend on people running out of energy.
If you need some more inspiration, you can read what others at Climate for Change have written to their MPs (click to enlarge):
- Your Federal Member of Parliament
Having more and better conversations about climate change is one of the most effective things we can do to stop it. Climate for Change volunteer facilitators are key to making such conversations happen at a scale large enough to really shift the social climate on climate change in Australia.
If you are looking for something meaningful and effective (and fun) to do to stop climate change, read on.
"I used to find talking about climate change extremely confronting and had struggled to share my concerns with others. Now I have started facilitating conversations and I don't intend on stopping. The people involved with Climate for Change constantly give me the energy and buzz to keep going!" – Charles, facilitator
“Facilitating Climate for Change Conversations has been an incredible experience. I have learnt a lot about myself and about how to have effective conversations on climate change, which has been extremely valuable. During the gatherings, it was amazing to see people learning and empowering each other to take real action and the discussions were inspirational and exhilarating.”
– Oli, facilitator
“I have been a climate activist for 10 years and given lots of talks about both the science and the emotional aspects of engagement and disengagement, but this event did both in an integrated way and was the most satisfying I have experienced.” – Carol, facilitator
What do facilitators do?
Climate for Change facilitators are trained to run our Conversations in people’s homes. These Conversations are part presentation, part facilitated discussion. The facilitator’s role is to help guests understand:
- what climate change means for them and the things they care about most
- what needs to be done to stop climate change and how quickly
- what they can do that is most powerful and effective, then inspire them to take action.
Being a facilitator also involves supporting hosts prior to their Conversations to ensure their success.
The best facilitators are not climate-change experts but people who are good at listening and passionate about making a difference. Most of the climate-change information presented at a Conversation is shown in a video; we provide training and ongoing support for everything else.
We ask facilitators to commit 3-5 hours a week for a minimum of six months, during which time you should aim to facilitate two Conversations each month.
We match you with an existing Climate for Change "Mentor" facilitator so you have “on the job” support as you get started.
We encourage facilitators to find their first host or two among their networks. After that, your hosts will come from the Conversations you facilitate.
To find out more, click on the relevant button below and head to the FAQ section.
By signing up on the pages below, you are expressing your interest in becoming a Climate for Change volunteer facilitator. Check your email for your next steps. We're looking forward to supporting you to get started!
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