Join the Climate Council and Bushfire Survivors call for a pause to federal approvals of coal and gas

Click here and sign the petition!

The Climate Council has joined Bushfire Survivors for Climate Action in calling on the Albanese Government to pause all polluting fossil fuel project approvals until the new national environment laws are legislated. 

The climate impacts of new developments must be properly considered in the approvals process.

Find out more about Bushfire Survivors for Climate Action here.


Sign Seed Mob's petition to ban fracking in the NT

Seed Mob are calling for a total ban on fracked shale gas in the Northern Territory because it will irreparably damage our water, country and climate. 

Help by signing their petition here!

Join an action near you for Rise up - 29 April to 10 May

Across Australia, communities have faced a summer of devastating climate impacts, from cyclones and floods to sweltering heat waves. Yet fossil fuel companies are fueling the flames of the crisis, pushing ahead with risky coal and gas.

And, despite being elected in a historic wave of support for climate action, the Albanese government is still approving more coal and gas projects.

With an upcoming Federal Budget deciding what gets funding, now is a crucial moment to rise up and make your demands loud and clear: no approvals or handouts for coal and gas.

Many climate organisations are joining together for 10 days of action from Monday 29 April to Friday 10 May.

Find an action near you on these sites:


Lock the gate

Move beyond Coal

No more gas and coal for Australia

MP Engagement session- 21 May 

Join us at our next online action session on Tuesday 21 May at 7.30pm (AEDT), with guest speaker Carmel Flint, Campaign Co-ordinator at Lock The Gate, who will share her experiences campaigning against gas developments, walking alongside First Nations people, and in Parliament. 

This will be followed by the usual opportunity to take action on local and national campaigns or other current climate issues. We'll support you to put effective pressure on our Federal and State MPs by writing emails and planning calls and visits to them. If you're new to this activity there'll be plenty of help and all the resources you need to get started.

RSVP here - We'd love you to join us again then. As usual, newbies and regulars all welcome!

Last session (April)...

At the April session Peter Moraitis from the Beyond Gas Network briefed us on points to talk to our MPs about ceasing exploration and expansion of methane gas in Australia.

You can find out more at these links from BGN:

  • Talking points on gas
  • Methane emissions - a guide to what MPs need to to make sure Methane emissions are properly recorded
  • Water trigger - request the Environment Minister to call in project proposals - currently proponents are supposed to alert the Minister if their project will damage water resources but relies on self-report and honesty.
  • Duty of care - the proposed new law

For more resources, check out the our dedicated issue briefings pageAt the bottom of the page, in the speech bubbles, are tips for responding to MPs when they reply - or don't! Click on the pictures and links and explore of what's there. We also have templates for calling MPs about climate issues, and for asking your MP for a face-to-face appointment. You can also find links to other climate organisation's campaigns and petitions and useful links on this page.

We'd really appreciate if you could log your contact with elected reps here, or use the button on the webpage. This is important as enables us to assess the impact of MPEGs by tracking the number of emails, visits and calls that we all make.

Why is Labor stalling on the new environment act?

Let the Environment and Water Minister Tanya Plibersek know you're unhappy with the delays on legislating the new environment laws. Email her today!

The old laws hark from the Howard era - they're 25 years old!

We need laws that look after our environment and for future generations, rather than big fossil fuel interests. Laws that will help stop new fossil fuel projects so our emissions can come down, and will protect our water and environment from fracking and other projects.

First Dog's cartoon in the Guardian today had a great statement about Tanya: "Every environment minister before Tanya Plibersek has failed us and for every minister after her it will be too late to do anything. So Tanya is the one.”

While you're at it, email the Climate and Energy Minister Chris Bowen as well, asking him to use his influence in cabinet and caucus to push this issue.

If you need help getting started there's an example email here.

Click on the image to view the cartoon in The Guardian.

Australia's "overshoot" day was 5 April this year

If every country lived like we do in Australia, the world would have exceeded the demand for ecological resources and services that Earth can regenerate this year by 5 April !

A country’s overshoot day is the date on which Earth Overshoot Day would fall if all of humanity consumed like the people in that country.

Overshoot Day for the whole planet last year was 2 August. 

What can you do?

Individual actions count but government actions are way more powerful. Tell your MP Australia needs to be more sustainable, and we need legislation to make this happen. You could start by demanding the government speed up the revised EPBC Act (called the Nature Positive Act). For tips on how to engage with your MP and more info on the proposed new legislation see the briefing on our webpage.

Or call the office of Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek to demand urgent reform of our nature laws. Tips here

(If you want calculate you individual ecological footprint you can do it here.)

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Breaking bad!


BREAKING: The Albanese Government has caved to the mining lobby and are scrapping their commitments to environment law reform. This could ruin our shot at fixing the laws that continue to approve fossil fuels in a climate crisis. Use your voice now to raise the alarm with the Minister’s office.

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Swiss court rules in favour of human rights on climate

Europe’s top human rights court has ruled the Swiss government had violated the human rights of its citizens by failing to do enough to combat climate change. The landmark case was brought by 2000 Swiss women and the decision will set a precedent for future climate lawsuits around the world, including (hopefully) Australia!

Meanwhile, in Australia, Torres Strait Islanders won their latest UN case  about their human rights in the face of rising sea levels. However, here in Australia their legal action with the Australian Government is ongoing. We'll have a new issue briefing on this soon.



Have your say! Demand a stop to gas drilling and production in the Otways

The public comment period for the proposed offshore gas project in the Otway Basin (Victoria) has been extended to 20 May 2024. If you haven't put in a submission already you can do it here.

It's easier than you think to comment and every submission counts! You don't have to be an expert - 2-3 paragraphs of your thoughts is enough.

The project was proposed in 2021 to alleviate Victoria's apparent gas shortage. Beach Energy discovered a gas reserve about 2km below the sea floor just 450 metres outside the Twelve Apostles Marine National Park. This project is incredibly short-sighted as the resulting emissions will contribute to the climate crisis while degrading one of Australia’s most prized marine national parks, endangering marine life and potentially ruining local tourism and fishing industries. 

If you need some ideas to get you started check out the issue briefing on the MPEG webpage.

Climate Resilience Inquiry: Make a Submission


An Inquiry into Climate Resilience is now underway by the Victorian Government, with public submissions being accepted until 1 May 2024.

It will look into the preparedness of communities facing climate disasters across the state. This is an opportunity for you to share your experiences, stories, concerns and ideas for climate adaptation. Do you think Victoria is prepared for incoming climate impacts? What do you think the state needs to do to prepare?

If you need some help, Friends of the Earth has prepared a submission guide here.


Aboriginal flag Torres Strait Islander flag

We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia, whose sovereignty was never ceded. We acknowledge that Indigenous peoples around the world are at the forefront of climate change, both in experiencing its effects and leading solutions for change. We pay our sincerest respects to all Elders, past and present.