Concerned about climate change? Want to know what you can do to be part of the solutions? You’re not alone! The majority of Australians are concerned about climate change, and for good reason – Australia is one of the most vulnerable developed countries when it comes to the impacts of climate change. BUT, we also stand to gain the most from climate ACTION! And we have all the solutions we need to turn this ship around and become a global climate leader.
It’s going to take ALL of us demanding action from our politicians to make it happen. So here are six things you can do today to fight for a clean and resilient future for Australia!
1. Keep up to date with the latest climate news and developments
Understanding the issue and staying informed is key to pushing for change. Think about all the conversations you can have and potential people you can get on board!
Click here to find our climate conversation guides, and learn how to have an effective conversation about climate change with anyone.
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2. Use your voice to pressure the government
As an active member of your community, your opinion is important. The more people that contact their MPs letting them know that Australians are serious about action on climate change, the more they will have to listen and take our opinions on board. We vote them in to represent us, after all!
Use our handy email tool to tell your Federal MP that Australians want urgent action to protect them from the rising impacts of climate change.
3. Move your money so it doesn’t support the fossil fuel industry
Do you know where your personal finances are invested? Many banks, super funds and share portfolios invest in fossil fuel projects. Making informed choices about where to invest your hard-earned cash will put pressure on financial institutions to do better.
And, thankfully, there are a lot of options out there for banks and super funds that support renewable energy and the environment. To find out where your bank stands, click here. To find out more about the future your super is funding, click here.
4. Install rooftop solar, or switch to clean energy providers
More than two million Australians are now harnessing the power of the sun to reduce their greenhouse gas pollution and take control of their power bills, by installing rooftop solar. And when paired with battery storage, rooftop solar can deliver clean, reliable, renewable power 24/7- AND save you money on your power bill in the long run.
For the renters out there, consider making the switch to a clean energy provider, who will purchase renewable energy on your behalf.
5. Change the way you travel
Transport is Australia’s third-biggest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, adding around 100 million tonnes to the atmosphere every year.
While a credible national policy is needed to tackle transport emissions, there are some everyday actions you can take to reduce your emissions from transport, including:
- Avoiding unnecessary travel
- Choosing cleaner alternatives to car travel, such as public transport, carpooling, cycling and walking
- If you have the means, looking into electric vehicle alternatives when you go to buy your next car!
6. Donate to the Climate Council
It’s our job at the Climate Council to push for action from all levels, and we know the challenge before us will only get bigger and bigger, the longer our leaders delay action.
Climate Council Members, who chip in an ongoing donation each week or each month, are the backbone of our organisation and make up a significant proportion of our funding. Our Members are critical to ensuring our work, pressuring decision makers to take action on climate science and solutions, can continue.
We each have an important role to play in driving action on climate change, but the kind of large-scale change that is required to beat the problem will only be successful if we all work together to push for action where it counts. And YOU are a crucial part of our plan.
So if you haven’t already, consider joining us by becoming a Climate Council Member today.