Right now, we have an opportunity to empower thousands of people to act on climate change.
This October, we need you to help us supercharge action on climate change in Australia through Climate Conversations.
We’ve recently developed ambitious plans for the coming years. One of these goals is to inspire 40,000 people to act on climate change through our Climate Conversations over the next three years.
But we need more funds to be able to achieve this. This is where we need your help.
In just under 5 years, we have engaged over 9,000 individuals in Climate Conversations through our flagship Climate Conversations Program. Excitingly, 86% of people left feeling more empowered to take action on climate change, and close to a half started contacting elected representatives more frequently.
Why join the campaign?
Climate for Change plays a critical role in expanding Australia's climate change movement. Our Conversations break down climate change to help attendees identify actions they can take on a personal, social and political level, to have an impact.
Our annual crowdfunder has been our main funding source until now. We need to raise at least $190,000 by November to be able to scale our Climate Conversations and achieve our ambitious goal of 40,000 people empowered to act on climate. It’s ambitious, but we know we can do it with your help.
Last year dozens of passionate fundraisers raised $210,000, and this year we already have over 150 fundraisers signed up - will you join them and help us to scale up our Conversations to the level needed?
Join our fundraising team and help us supercharge action on climate change!
Not sure? Nervous?
That's normal, but the world won't change if we don't make it - and this is a really powerful way to make a difference. And we'll support you all the way. You'll be amazed how much you learn and grow through it. Have a listen to what some of our previous fundraisers have to say about their experience:
Last year over 100 people engaged their communities to raise a combined total of $210,000. Some raised $300, some $3000, or even more! Every bit helped.
This year we're looking for at least 170 people to do their bit to enable our reach to grow even further.
When you sign up, create your own fundraising page on our crowdfunding site. You can personalise it as much as you like, then set a fundraising goal and do whatever you like (as long as it is legal and not offensive) to reach it.
In the past, people have done everything from simply asking friends to donate to their page, to cycling from Melbourne to Canberra! Lots of people have done challenges, and others have signed up to our wine drive to sell wine to friends and family.
Whatever you choose to do, we’ll support you with resources, tips, pep talks and by connecting you to a fantastic community of people fundraising just like you.
To find out more about the different ways you can fundraise check out our Fundraiser Portal, which is your one-stop-shop for all the resources you will need for fundraising. You can also check out our info sheets below:
Sign up here now and create your personalised page.
We'll be in touch to provide regular support and answer any questions. For more information and support, you can also join our Facebook group for fundraisers.
We can't wait to have you on board!
We’re thrilled to invite you to our first ever Online-A-Thon event on 1st October, launching our 2020 crowdfunder campaign!
Register below to receive a viewing link!
We have bold plans for next year and beyond.
Over the past few years, we've pioneered a new way of helping everyday Australians understand and act on climate change.
Our results have been remarkable when compared to other "face to face" engagement models. But our recent Impact Report shows we could do even better - we've consistently had more demand to host Conversations and train as a Conversation Facilitator than we've been able to meet.
So we've come up with an ambitious plan to meet that demand.
Our goal is to deeply engage and activate 40,000 people to act on climate in the next three years!
Your support is key in enabling us to do that.
That’s why we would love you to tune in and support our crowdfunder campaign at the 2020 Online-A-Thon on Thursday evening, 1st October!
By joining and supporting our event, you will play a crucial part in launching our campaign with the momentum we need to reach our ambitious goal of $190,000.
You can expect a night of remarkable entertainment as Judith Lucy, a renowned comedian, actress and author, will be our host!
Judith Lucy will be joined by inspiring speakers such as Simon Toohey, Masterchef finalist and founder of Sustainable Earth Network who will cook live for us during the event, Rebecca Huntley, leading social change researcher, and Damon Gameau, actor, director and producer for works including 2040 and That Sugar Film. Joelle Gergis, award-winning climate scientist and lead author of the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Sixth Assessment report, Sarah Wilson, best-selling author, journalist and TV presenter, Diana Nguyen, actor, comedian and creative entrepreneur, Felix Riebl, songwriter, composer and lead singer of Cat Empire, and Will Connolly (aka Egg Boy), who since famously protesting against Fraser Anning’s racist remarks about the Christchurch massacre, has gone on to raise funds and advocate for a range of important social justice and climate related causes.
We will also be joined by Chela, alternative-pop Australian/Filipino artist, and – for the fourth year in a row, back by popular demand! – Dr Hernandez, with their irresistible mix of electro cumbia, sweet reggae and old-school ska, with a shot of bugaloo.
We’re also excited to announce that financial advisers Ethical Investment Services, 100% carbon neutral energy provider Powershop, and customer owned B Corp certified Bank Australia will each donate $500 to get the night going. If we reach our goal of $15,000 on the night, they will donate further $2000 each (a grand total of $6,000)!
While this is a free event, we hope you will help us launch our campaign with a bang by donating to and/or sharing it with your networks.
Donations on the night of $100 or more will be eligible for beautiful thank you gifts generously provided by our sponsors: Aesop, Ahimsa Collective, Alpha60, Biome, Black Hearts and Sparrows, Crumpler, KLOKE, Gorman, Halcyon Nights and Mud. Additional thanks to Property Collectives who will be donating $1,000 as prizes for fundraising challenges on the night.
Register below and we will send you a viewing link a few days before the event!
We hope to see you there!WHENOctober 01, 2020 at 6pmWHERELive stream - register below to receive details!
I’m Sue. Teacher, writer, parent, and passionate advocate for government action on climate. I’m also a volunteer facilitator with Climate for Change and the MP Engagement Groups coordinator.
By late 2017, I'd been a facilitator for about a year. I'd talked to many people about the power of citizen democracy, but had never visited an MP myself.
So on a whim, deciding I should "walk the talk" I turned up nervously to a Preston cafe in response to a request for volunteers to visit my then local MP, David Feeney.
Unwittingly, this single action would lead me to create a project supporting many community groups to engage with their MPs on a regular basis.
A dozen locals turned up for the briefing and to elect a spokesperson - I was the dummy with the notebook so everyone looked at me. Initiation by fire. As it happened, I only had to introduce the group and say why we were there, then more confident people took over and I could relax. Phew!
David gave in to our pressure. He signed a short statement opposing coal and had a group photo taken with him holding a Stop Adani sticker. He agreed to post it on social media and also to speak in Parliament about coal and climate. The Guardian saw his tweet and ran a story. David spoke in Parliament and the Guardian ran a second story.
I was amazed. This was proof citizen democracy could work.
After David’s resignation, Ged Kearney won the byelection in 2018. Emboldened by my previous experience, my friend Helen and I visited her about two weeks after the election. We were nervous but had prepared talking notes, which really helped. We asked Ged to include climate change in her maiden speech. She took this ask seriously and I nearly fell off my chair when she asked if I’d help with that part of her speech, though I didn’t seriously think it would happen.
However, a couple of weeks later, Ged emailed me asking for comment on her draft. I sent back what I thought, and she included some of it. Incredible.
Me meeting with my local member, Ged Kearney, and with Victorian Senator, Janet Rice
Since then, with other friends, we’ve visited Ged regularly. We’ve helped inform her on climate and she’s educated us on the realities of parliament and party politics. It’s a fruitful relationship, though we keep pushing her to do more!
Based on my experiences, I wanted to encourage others to engage with their MPs as well. Imagine the change we could influence if lots of us did this!
During a meeting with Ged and Mark Butler, I asked what was the single best thing we could do to make MPs listen, and Mark said: “Make a lot of noise”. He defined “noise” as writing, visiting and calling, and said even a humble email could be very powerful. Other MPs have endorsed this, and staffers in several MPs offices have told us if people knew how seriously correspondence was taken, they’d write more often.
It matters to MPs what the mood in their electorate is and what constituents want. But they can’t know that unless we tell them.
MP Engagement Groups (MPEGS) were created about a year ago to help people make a lot of “noise”.
The idea is simple - you get a group of friends together for a couple of hours to write emails and plan visits to MPs. There’s no compulsory agenda, but we have a guide for running a productive session, templates, examples, suggested issues and other resources to make it as easy as possible. It’s much more enjoyable doing this in a group than by yourself. My group meets every 3-4 weeks, drinks wine, and talks and laughs a lot, but we still send heaps of emails and plan MP visits.
MPEGs have sent thousands of emails and had dozens of visits. Groups have started in other states. Some groups have evolved into climate action groups with their own focuses. Interest has increased lately due to the growing outrage over the bushfires.
Along the way, with friends, I’ve visited Senators, and State MPs. It’s productive and rewarding and I’d love to inspire more people to do this.
A sign at a recent climate rally said: “I kept waiting for someone to do something - and then I realised I was someone.”
If any of you are “someones” who’d like to do something, let us know and we'll be in touch.
You could also take action straight away and use the email tool on the Climate for Change website asking Federal MPs to support a sustainable future in the economic stimulus after Covid.
Using our tool only takes a minute or you can substitute your own words instead.
Thank you and hope to see you at one of our MPEGs soon.
MP Engagement Group Coordinator
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Your regular support is crucial in achieving long-term change. Donate monthly to systematically grow the climate movement and meaningful, bold action on climate change.
While the support for climate action among Australians is at it’s all-time high, we still have a lot to do to harness the movement’s momentum to achieve urgent and meaningful action on climate change through conversations.
You can help inspire, engage and support more Australians to act on climate change and grow the climate movement through deep, face-to-face conversations in communities across the country.
By donating monthly, your impact on our ability to be strategic and inspire more Australians to act on climate is multiplied.
We are powered by thousands of people passionate about creating a safe climate - people like you. We cannot stress enough how crucial regular donations from our supporters are. Can you join our community of monthly supporters and help us achieve meaningful change?
Whether it's a monthly contribution of $10 or $100, we appreciate your support immensely and wouldn't be able to continue growing the climate movement through conversations without you. Thank you.
You can also make a one-off donation which will have a big impact, too.
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