Ever felt that politicians are a bit inaccessible? Ever complained at them, about them or even to them? Ever wondered how it is that our democracy works?
Well then, come and join a few mates over some beers and nosh and learn HOW to engage our elected representatives, WHAT effect it has and WHO to direct your attention to.
You pick the issue, we'll show you how to write best, who to write to and what you can ask for!
This event is open to anyone who is curious, so invite whoever you like!
This is the fourth event of a monthly series I'll be running in the lead up to the Federal Election in May 2019. Spread the word, let's use our democratic system the way it was designed.
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1993029157666696/WHENMarch 20, 2019 at 6pmWHEREAjaya's House
Brunswick, VIC 3056
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Climate for Change (C4C) exists to support you to understand, and to take powerful action to stop, climate change. It is important to us that you trust us, so we promise to respect your privacy and your personal information at all times.
WHAT PERSONAL INFORMATION WE COLLECT
We collect personal information about individuals including members, directors, supporters, volunteers, donors, employees, contractors, job applicants and other people with whom C4C or a third party has contact in connection with C4C’s activities.
The personal information that we collect and hold generally includes your name and contact details (such as your phone number, email and/or address), date of birth, other information about you such as your interests and your opinions on environmental issues, and your interaction and donation history with us.
If you make a purchase from or donate money to us, we may collect your credit card details for the purposes of that transaction, but we do not hold that information. If you sign up to a regular donation, our third party merchant software will store the details for future transactions, but we cannot access them.
We may also collect some information that is not personal information because it does not identify you or anyone else. For example, we may collect anonymous answers to surveys or aggregated information about how people use our website.
You do not have to provide us with your personal information. However, if you do not provide us with your personal information, it will be difficult for us to contact you. Without your personal information we may not, for example, be able to issue you with a receipt, offer you employment or provide you with more information about our work or seek your feedback.
We may also collect and hold “sensitive information”. For example, in the course of your engagement with us we might collect information about your philosophical or political views or your membership of, or affiliation with, organisations such as unions or religious groups. Knowing these things helps us communicate with you better and tailor information and actions to you. It also allows us to understand if you have affiliations which could assist in our efforts towards a safe climate.
HOW WE COLLECT PERSONAL INFORMATION
We collect personal information that you provide to us directly. That includes information provided via a website, over the phone, in person, or by email.
We will only collect personal information by lawful means and when possible, we will always collect personal information from you directly. If it is not reasonable or practicable to collect it directly from you, we will take steps to make you aware that your information has been collected. For example, a lot of our work is conducted through having conversations with people. If a friend or relative gives us your email because they think you might be interested in our work, we’ll let you know the name of the person who gave us your email.
When you access our website, we may send a ‘cookie’ (which is a small summary file containing a unique ID number) to your computer. This enables us to recognise your computer and personalise your experience each time you visit our website. It also enables us to keep track of products, services, information or online actions you view so that we can tailor how often and what we contact you about.
Our cookies do not collect personal information.
If you don’t want to receive cookies, you can set your browser so that your computer doesn’t accept them.
Whenever you use our website, or any other website, the computer on which the web pages are stored (the Web Server) needs to know the network address of your computer so that it can send the requested web pages to your Internet browser. The unique network address of your computer is called its “IP address,” and is sent automatically each time you access any Internet site. From a computer’s IP address, it is possible to determine the general geographic location of that computer, but otherwise it is anonymous.
We do not keep a record of the IP addresses from which users access our site except where you have specifically provided us with information about yourself, in which case we also record your IP address for security purposes. An example of this would be when proceeding to a checkout to finalise an order you may wish to make. After completing the form provided, your IP address will be stored along with a transaction number that allows us to track your order.
WHY WE COLLECT PERSONAL INFORMATION/HOW WE USE PERSONAL INFORMATION
As an environment organisation, all our actions aim to fulfil our ‘charitable purpose’.The same applies to collecting personal information.
- To provide concerned citizens with information relevant to them about climate change, its solutions and actions they can take, including ways they can support or get involved with our organisation.
- To understand the impact of our engagement and improve the ways in which we work towards our mission.
- Building a comprehensive understanding of people’s interests and habits to enable effective engagement with them.
- Responding to their comments or questions and receiving feedback or complaints on any of the above functions or activities.
If we obtain your sensitive information (such as your philosophical or political beliefs), we will only use this information for the purposes listed above, or other directly related purposes. However we only obtain this information if you provide it directly to us.
HOW WE DISCLOSE/USE PERSONAL INFORMATION
While we respect your privacy, we sometimes have to share your personal information with third parties who provide services to us, such as web hosting providers, IT systems administrators, mailing houses and couriers. We may also disclose your personal information to employees or volunteers who help us with tasks.
If you sign an online petition that is being sent to someone (such as a government minister), then it’s reasonable to assume that person might see your personal information.
Finally, we might disclose your personal information to like-minded third parties that are aligned with our charitable purpose or with our affiliate groups. This could include organisations or companies. If we do this, we will treat your personal information very, very carefully – including using confidentiality agreements where appropriate.
We will only disclose your personal information for the purposes for which it was initially collected, other directly related purposes, or for purposes to which you otherwise consent.
C4C does not rent, sell or trade supporter e-mail addresses and telephone numbers. In addition, we do not rent, sell or trade information about what activities or donations supporters have undertaken on our website.
Other than as stated above we will we never share your personal information. However it is possible, though unlikely, that we might be forced to disclose personal information in response to legal processes or when we believe in good faith that the law requires it, for example, in response to a court order, subpoena or a law enforcement agency's request.
GOVERNMENT RELATED IDENTIFIERS
C4C will not adopt a government related identifier of an individual as its own identifier of the individual unless:
(a) the adoption of the government related identifier is required or authorised by law or a court/tribunal order; or
(b) C4C is a prescribed organisation, the identifier is prescribed and the adoption, use or disclosure occurs in prescribed circumstances.
C4C will not use or disclose a government related identifier of an individual unless:
(a) the use or disclosure of the identifier is reasonably necessary for C4C to verify the identity of the individual for the purposes of the C4C’s activities or functions; or
(b) the use or disclosure of the identifier is reasonably necessary for C4C to fulfil its obligations to an agency or a State or Territory authority; or
(c) the use or disclosure of the identifier is required or authorised by or under an Australian law or a court/tribunal order; or
(d) a “permitted general situation” as defined in subsection 16A of the Act exists (excluding items 4 & 5) in relation to the use or disclosure of the identifier, including:
- where it is unreasonable or impracticable to obtain consent and C4C reasonably believes that the use or disclosure is necessary to lessen or prevent a serious threat to the life, health or safety of an individual or to public health or safety; or
- C4C has reason to suspect an unlawful activity or misconduct of a serious nature that relates to C4C’s functions or activities has been or may be engaged in and reasonably believes the use or disclosure is necessary in order for C4C to take appropriate action; or
- C4C reasonably believes that the use or disclosure is reasonably necessary to assist anyone to locate a person reported as missing and the use or disclosure complies with any rules made under s16(A)(2) of the Act; or
(e) C4C reasonably believes that the use or disclosure of the identifier is reasonably necessary for one or more enforcement‐related activities conducted by, or on behalf of, an enforcement body; or
(f) the use or disclosure arises because C4C is a prescribed organisation.
In this section “identifier” includes a number assigned by C4C to an individual to identify uniquely the individual for the purposes of C4C’s operations. However, an individual’s name or ABN (as defined in the A New Tax System (Australian Business Number) Act 1999) is not an identifier.
If you don’t want to hear from us anymore, then it’s easy to opt out. Our main form of communication is email, and each email we send has an ‘unsubscribe’ link at the bottom. If you’ve heard from us in another way (via a letter or phone call, for example) you can opt out by using the contact details provided below. (Or, if it’s a phone call, you can just tell us.)
If you wish to be removed from our database completely, please contact us via the contact details below.
HOW YOU CAN ACCESS YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION/ACCESS & CORRECTION
We'll take all reasonable steps to ensure any personal information we collect, use or disclose is up to date and accurate.
If you would like to see any personal information we hold about you, please contact us using the details below and we will provide you with the personal information we hold, unless we are not permitted to do so by law. If we are unable to provide you with any personal information we will notify you of the reason why.
If you believe personal information we hold about you is not up to date or accurate, you may ask us to correct it.
KEEPING YOUR INFORMATION SECURE INFORMATION AND PROTECTED
We take all reasonable steps to ensure your personal information is accurate, complete and up to date. To help us, please advise us of any changes to your personal information.
We will also take commercially reasonable steps to protect the personal information we hold from misuse, interference (including computer attacks) and loss and from unauthorised access, modification or disclosure.
If we no longer need your information, we will take all reasonable steps to destroy or de-identify it (unless we are required to retain it by law or a court/tribunal order).
When providing your sensitive information online, such as financial information to make a donation, we redirect you to a secure server. Your credit card information is never stored by us or our website.
We (and our service providers) sometimes use overseas or cloud storage facilities, but this does not change our commitment to safeguard your privacy.
NOTIFIABLE DATA BREACHES SCHEME
In the event of any unauthorised access or disclosure of your personal information (including where information is lost in circumstances where unauthorised access or disclosure is likely to occur) that is likely to result in serious harm to you and/or a breach of your privacy, we will immediately investigate and notify you, all relevant authorities such as the police, and the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner as soon as practicable, in accordance with the Privacy Act.
C4C may revise or amend this policy at any time at our discretion or as privacy laws change. If we make any substantive changes in the way we collect or use personally identifying information provided by users, we will post a prominent announcement on our web site home page and post the changes on this page.
HOW TO CONTACT US
If you have any queries or concerns about personal information or its treatment by C4C; you would like to make corrections to inaccuracies in that information; or you have any questions, comments, concerns or complaints about this policy please contact us in any of the following ways:
By Post: Level 2, 673 Bourke St Melbourne 3000
By Email: email@example.com
If you are not satisfied with our response, you may contact the Australian Privacy Commissioner at its website http://www.oaic.gov.au/ or by telephone on 1300 363 992.
Thank you for expressing your interest in hosting your own MP Engagement Group! Please enter your details below, and our MPEG Coordinator will be in touch soon to give you some more information and help you get your first meeting off the ground.
MPEGs exist because:
- Policies, technologies and practices already exist that, if taken up at scale and speed, could slow, stop or even reverse global warming. What we are missing is the social and political will needed to act. We need to tell our political leaders they must do what it takes to address climate change.
- The MPs we have spoken to have told us the more “noise” constituents make (as in emails, calls and visits) the more they take notice, so we’re helping people make a lot of noise.
- We’re privileged to live in a representative democracy - everyday people like us have the power to help shape this democracy when we actively engage as citizens. MPEGs are a way to enable this engagement - helping people to actively participate and demand climate action from our governments through citizen democracy.
For more information and to view our resources on engaging with your MP, please click here.
To find other MPEGs, please visit the MPEGs Venues page.
Thank you for choosing to become a member of Climate for Change.
This page will sign you up as a volunteer member. Volunteer membership is for people who have volunteered with Climate for Change for a total of twenty hours or more over any three month period in the last year.
Thank you again!
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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 Conversations, 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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