What are the most powerful individual climate actions you can take?

Like most of us, if you're anxious about the future and feel a strong urge to do something, you want to know this:

What are the most impactful things you can do personally to help mitigate climate change

The Guardian put out a call to climate scientists - all the lead authors and review editors of reports by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change since 2018 and received 363 responses. 

Here is a summary of what they said:

1. The most effective action individuals can take is to vote for politicians who pledge strong climate measures!

2. Fly less and reduce home heating and cooling emissions

3. Eat less red meat

Other impactful suggestions were protesting, having fewer children, talking about climate as an existential threat, shifting banking and super away from fossil fuel investments and towards green ones, and avoiding products responsible for deforestation, such as beef, timber and cocoa.

Can individual action really help?

The climate scientists were were clear on the limits of individual actions, saying they are a "drop in the bucket" but are important in increasing collective awareness of the problem.

Deep, rapid cuts in carbon emissions are needed, which are outside the control of the average individual. Only systemic changes will be sufficient.

Here at Climate for Change we can help!

Our Conversation and MP Engagement programs can help you take climate action that will make a difference! Click on the links to find out more!

1. Host a Climate Conversation to spread the word about the existential threat of climate change.

Our Conversations start with a host, who invites friends to their home. We send a trained facilitator to present information, answer questions and facilitate a discussion about climate change. 

2. Better still, train as a Conversation Facilitator

Our Conversations are run by trained volunteer facilitators – we’re always looking for passionate individuals to facilitate these innovative group discussions and inspire actions in their networks!

3.  Engage with your MPs

Your MP is your connection to Canberra and represents you there. It’s important for them to know what we think and what we want them to do on climate issues – and they don’t know unless we tell them! We've got templates and resources on the website and regular online events to inform and motivate you.


Protect Our Oceans: END Action Against Seismic Blasting

[from Australian Marine Conservation Society]

Our oceans are in danger from seismic blasting, a harmful practice used by the oil and gas industry. The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) urges you to call on Federal Resources Minister Madeleine King to stop issuing Special Prospecting Authority (SPA) permits that allow this destructive activity.

Visit the AMCS website and use their feature send an email to Minister King.

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Your Voice Matters: Help Shape Australia's New Nature Positive Laws

[from Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water]

Australia stands at a pivotal moment in our journey towards a more sustainable future. To ensure our environmental laws are robust enough to protect our invaluable natural resources, the government has launched a consultation on the new Nature Positive laws. This is a crucial opportunity for all Australians to make their voices heard and impact the future of our environment.

Visit the DCCEEW website to learn more and submit your feedback.

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Email your local MP to protect Australia’s Heard & McDonald Islands

[from Save our Marine Life]

Lying 4,000 km southwest of Perth, the Heard and McDonald Islands are the only Sub-Antarctic island group with an entirely intact ecosystem, free of any known species directly introduced by humans! 
 
Right now, the Government is making decisions about the levels of protection for these islands.

More than 25,000 Australians have told Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek that we want strong protection for our Sub-Antarctic marine life. But it’s vital that there are others in the Parliament who are backing this protection.  

You can help by telling your MP to back science-based protection to influence this decision. 

With your help and the support of your MP we can ensure the Heard and McDonald Islands, and the millions of marine animals that call it home, can be protected for future generations. 

Add your support now!


Have your say now on our new environment laws!

(Action from 350.org)

Can you leave a message for the Environment Minister?

Next week, Parliament will resume debate on our broken environment laws — the laws that should be stopping new coal and gas projects but they’re not. 

With 30 coal and gas projects sitting on Tanya Plibersek’s desk right now waiting for approval, it's urgent that the Parliament adds a climate trigger to the Nature Positive Bill before them. 

Here’s how it will work...

🌎 Federal environment minister Tanya Plibersek has the power to introduce a climate trigger which could stop new coal and gas projects.

📆 Sign up to join the month long Call-A-Thon roster and you’ll be sent the number to call, an easy set of talking points and a reminder to call when your time comes.

🌊 Together we’ll flood Plibersek’s phone lines and show her there is a wave of community support for taking real action on the climate crisis.

Why now? The debate on the national environmental law reforms will recommence this Monday 24th June in parliament — we need to make sure Minister Plibersek knows how strong the public support for a climate trigger is, and that we aren’t going anywhere!

The thing is, we know phone calls make a difference. Electoral office staff HAVE to log the calls and report on them. They are a sign of public sentiment on an issue.

Will you be part of this epic phone tactic? Check out the talking points and book in your time here. You’ll get a reminder when it’s your turn, and clear talking points to make the call super easy.

 


Make Your Voice Heard: Submit to the Climate Resilience Inquiry - due 28 June

TAKE ACTION: make a submission to the Victorian Government's Inquiry into Climate Resilience

Are you passionate about the future of our environment? Do you have insights or ideas on how Victoria can better prepare for the impacts of climate change? Now is your chance to make a difference. The Victorian Government's Legislative Council Environment and Planning Committee has extended the deadline for submissions to the Climate Resilience Inquiry to 28 June 2024. This is a crucial opportunity for both individuals and organisations to contribute to shaping a resilient future for Victoria.

Why Your Submission Matters

The inquiry is examining the major risks that climate change poses to Victoria's built environment and infrastructure. This includes understanding how these risks will affect the people of Victoria and assessing the government's current preparation efforts. Your insights could help address critical questions such as:

- What are the primary risks to our infrastructure due to climate change?
- How prepared is our government for future climate disaster events?
- What barriers exist in upgrading our infrastructure to withstand these impacts?

By submitting your perspectives, experiences, and recommendations, you can help inform strategies that ensure our communities are better protected and prepared for the challenges ahead.

How to Participate

Submitting to the inquiry is straightforward and impactful. Whether you are an expert in climate science, an advocate for environmental sustainability, or a concerned citizen with a unique viewpoint, your voice is invaluable. Here’s how you can make a submission:

  1. Review the Terms of Reference: Understand the key areas the inquiry is focused on. This will help you align your submission with the committee’s objectives.
  2. Prepare Your Submission: Clearly articulate your points, provide evidence or examples where possible, and make specific recommendations.
  3. Submit by 28 June 2024: Ensure your submission is sent before the extended deadline to be considered.

Be Part of the Solution

Climate change is a pressing issue that requires collective action and diverse perspectives. By contributing to this inquiry, you are playing a part in shaping policies and initiatives that will enhance Victoria’s resilience to climate impacts. Your input could help identify innovative solutions and drive meaningful change in our approach to environmental planning and infrastructure development.

Don’t miss this opportunity to have your voice heard. Make a submission to the Climate Resilience Inquiry today and be a part of building a sustainable and resilient future for all Victorians.

For more information on how to make a submission, visit the Victorian Government's Legislative Council Environment and Planning Committee’s website.

Together, we can make a difference.


Demand your super fund ditch climate wrecking companies

(from The Post, Michael West Media, ABC, and Market Forces)

TAKE ACTION: Demand your super fund ditch climate wrecking companies

Background:

Australian superannuation funds' investment in fossil fuels has doubled over the past two years, Market Forces has found. Their analysis shows investment by Australia's largest 30 super funds in high-polluting companies rose from $19bn to $39bn since 2021. At the same time, clean energy investment from super funds decreased by half a billion dollars to $7.7bn.


The top three superfunds with the biggest investments in high-emitting companies were UniSuper's balanced fund, Commonwealth Super Corp's PSS default, and MLC's MySuper Growth. The report found that the default investment option of Australia's largest super fund, AustralianSuper, had increased its investment in fossil fuels with a massive buy up of Woodside shares in 2022.

The combined 129 gigatonnes of emissions from expansion projects funded by the super funds would consume half of the remaining global carbon budget for keeping global warming to 1.5C. Woodside, Santos and Whitehaven are responsible for 59% of projected emissions from the fossil fuel expansion plans of companies in the average super fund's portfolio.

Almost all of the super funds analysed have signed up for net zero emissions by 2050 or acknowledge that climate change poses significant risks.

The sector is facing a crackdown from regulators, with the financial regulator ASIC launching its first legal action for greenwashing against Mercer Super for "allegedly making misleading statements about the sustainable nature" of some of its investment options.

It comes as the Labor Party grapples with an internal split over support for new gas projects, with the party risking the loss of urban seats to the Greens.


Ask Tanya to protect our sharks and rays

Support the AMSC and urge Federal Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek to protect our endemic sharks and rays.

In 2024, Tanya Plibersek, is reviewing three of Australia's most damaging fisheries.

Together, these fisheries are contributing to a global 'extinction risk hotspot’. We must put rules in place to protect these precious endemic species before they're gone forever.

The first two of these fisheries to be reviewed are in NSW - the Ocean Trap and Line Fishery (OTLF), and the Ocean Trawl Fishery (OTF)

We have 6 weeks to have our say!

Add your name to send an email urging Federal Environment Minister Plibersek to protect these species from fishing.


Sign the Climate Trigger pledge: ask Albo to act now

Support Lock the Gate's campaign to include a climate trigger in Australia's environment laws.

Our current federal environment laws are out-dated and ill-suited to dealing with the impacts of climate change on the environment. They were passed by the Howard government 25 years ago!

Labor had a welcome election promise to rewrite them and legislate stronger laws in their first term but it now appears they've been delayed again.

Back in 2005, Anthony Albanese introduced a Bill to address the problem, saying: “The glaring gap in matters of national environmental significance is climate change….It is time to act. It is time for procrastination to end.”

However, the Federal Government still hasn't done anything to make a safe and liveable climate a core consideration in our environment laws.

That’s incredibly weak, and it leaves Australia vulnerable to untold damage. Please take the pledge and join the campaign this year to put climate at the heart of environmental decisions.

Sign the climate trigger pledge here!

Voice your anger at Labor's Future Gas Strategy!

Pretty much everyone who cares about the climate crisis and a safe future is angry about Labor's new Future Gas Strategy (announced last Thursday). Even Labor MPs are reacting to it and the party is divided.

It's spruiking more gas developments until beyond 2050, with no exit plan for gas. Despite the UN, IPCC and climate scientists saying no country can open new fossil fuel projects if we want to limit global heating. And we don't need more gas domestically or for exports - this is just smoke and mirrors by the gas lobby.

Let your local MPs know what you think about this. Calling their offices is the quickest action to take. Visit or email them too. Tell them: "No more gas or coal"!

You can watch a short summary of the strategy by Richard Denniss from The Australia Institute.

Or read the whole thing here.

There's also a great Juice media video 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.