We know what needs to be done to address climate change effectively. Across the world, policies, technologies and practices already exist that, if taken up at scale and speed, could stop or even reverse global warming. What we are missing is the social and political will needed to act.
Climate for Change seeks to create that social and political will - the social climate in Australia in which our political leaders can and must do what it takes to stop, and ultimately reverse, global warming.
We are grateful to live in a representative democracy and believe strongly in the power of everyday people to shape this democracy when they actively engage as citizens. Enabling this engagement is the foundation of our work.
Our vision is an Australia in which climate action is a top priority. Community, business and government unite to make the courageous and urgent changes needed to return a safe climate.
Imagine an Australia where...
Effective climate action is embedded into all societal, cultural and economic structures. It is an essential factor in all decision-making.
Communities, businesses and governments of all levels are united around enabling conditions that will return temperatures to pre-industrial levels and for all life on earth to flourish.
We collaborate and work constructively together regardless of geographical boundaries, demographics or political differences.
Our approach is based on social research that explains that people process information - make sense of it, make decisions about it and take actions around it - through conversations with people they trust. This is how social change happens.
Our flagship program, Climate Conversations, uses the party plan model made famous by Tupperware® to facilitate discussions about climate change in people’s homes, among friends. This model of engagement is unique within the climate movement and has proven extraordinarily effective in engaging new audiences at both depth and scale.
Every year we run a Fundraising and Communications Fellowship, a four month leadership program which trains passionate people in key skills used within the not-for-profit sector. In the final six weeks, the fellows coordinate Climate for Change's annual crowdfunder, which in 2019 raised over $200,000.
In July 2018, we launched a new project, Communities Leading Change. In partnership with Gippsland Climate Change Network and Psychology for a Safe Climate, we are developing and delivering a suite of resources to support productive conversations among residents of the Latrobe Valley, in regard to how best to respond to climate change. You can find out more about the program at Communities Leading Change website or Facebook page.
Our Climate Conversations program has now seen:
Attendee surveys conducted after our Climate Conversations since 2018 have found:
The types of actions attendees of Climate Conversations report interest in taking:
Who we are
Climate for Change is an incorporated association and registered charity based in Melbourne, operating within both Victoria and Queensland - though our volunteers have facilitated Climate Conversations in NSW, SA, TAS, ACT, NT and even Fiji!
We are the only organisation in Australia specifically focused on helping people to have better discussions with their peers on climate change – something that is now being recognised by experts as key to building public support for the action we need.
Since 2014, we have:
Trained more than 280 volunteer facilitators
Facilitated more than 900 Climate Conversations
(we’re currently facilitating, on average, a Climate Conversation every day)
Engaged over 8,750 guests at our Climate Conversations
Completed 5 successful crowdfunding campaigns totalling more than $600,000
ABN: 25 774 689 267
Registered Association: A0060135Y