1. What is the Climate Council?
The Climate Council is a non-profit independent organisation which aims to provide clear, independent information on climate change to the Australian community. We are fiercely independent and apolitical.
2. Why is it important?
Information: information is the currency of democracy, and Australians deserve to have independent information on the state of our climate. Similarly, emergency services, health professionals, local government and journalists need accurate information about a changing climate.
Action: 2014 was the hottest on record, breaking hundreds of extreme weather records. This is the critical decade for tackling climate change and reducing our emissions. But we can’t tackle climate change without a well-informed public – and that’s where we come in. Our expert reports help journalists and the public with timely, expert, and independent information about climate change and its effects on our economy, environment, security, and health.
3. Who are the Councillors?
Head here to read about our Councillors and other contributing experts and to see a selection of the reports they have authored. www.climatecouncil.org.au/councillors
4. How will the Council make a difference?
We’ll continue to provide journalists and the public with authoritative independent reports. This will be accompanied by a range of communications materials relevant to different audiences, videos, infographics, fact sheets, and other resources. Similarly we will continue to provide information to the community directly through speeches, community forums and briefings.
5. How do you plan to cover operating costs?
Thousands of Australians have become Founding Friends of the Council, together raising more that $1 million. As far as we know, it is the biggest crowd-funding campaign in Australia’s history. This extraordinary generosity has put the Council back in business. The Council is completely independent and relies on donations from the public. We hope that members of the community will continue to support the Council on a monthly basis to power our ongoing work. You can do so here: http://climatecouncil.org.au/donate/
6. What will the donations go towards?
The Climate Council is a not-for-profit organisation and does not receive any money from the Government. We rely on donations from the public. We appreciate your contributions and will use them as efficiently as we can. Your contributions fund a small team of staff and volunteers who power our work, including expert researchers to help produce our reports. Your donations will also help fund the design, printing and distribution of our reports, and core overhead expenses for the organisation.
7. Is my donation tax deductible?
Yes. The Climate Council was endorsed as a Deductible Gift Recipient from 17th August 2015. Donations made as gifts over $2 to the Climate Council of Australia Fund after this date are tax deductible in Australia.
8. Are the Councillors volunteers or do they get paid for their time?
When the Climate Council was first set up, all Councillors committed to volunteer their time for six months, to ensure we could continue to produce authoritative, independent information about climate change following the abolition of the Climate Commission.
After the first six months, our Board decided that Councillors would receive remuneration for time spent on Council activities. This ensures we can continue to draw on the knowledge and experience of world-class experts to provide Australians with the best possible information on climate change.
9. You haven’t got back to my query yet, why?
I’m sorry if we haven’t gotten back to you yet! We receive a really high volume of questions and suggestions. Please be patient with us and we will get back to you as soon as we can.
10. Can I volunteer for the Council?
As a small organisation, the Council currently only has capacity to manage a very small number of volunteers. We are humbled and thank people for their generous offers to volunteer and are sorry we have not been able to get back to everyone. In 2015, we will be developing a volunteering opportunity for interested people to help us spread independent and accurate information on climate change, no matter where they are located. Watch this space!