On September 7th, 2013, the Abbott Government abolished the Climate Commission. On September 24th, 2013 the independent Climate Council was launched thanks to the biggest crowd-funding campaign of its time: over 16,000 Australians pitched in over $1.1 million dollars in just 10 days to bring the organisation to life.
Fast forward to today and hundreds of thousands more have joined Australia’s leading independent voice on climate science, solutions and action as part of the Climate Council community. Together, we have shifted national attitudes and catalysed climate action at every level of government.
From the very beginning, our community has been at the heart of everything we do, and we cannot thank you enough. As an independent, people-powered organisation, it’s our community that drives our impact – click here to make a tax deductible donation to power our work.
Let’s take a look back at some of the highlights we’ve achieved together.
Report: Australia’s Clean Engine Room: Central Queenland’s Industrial Future
While Central Queensland has been traditionally dominated by fossil fuel extraction and exports, this report shows how the region could be a leader in the renewable energy and clean industry economy, with many green shoots already emerging. Central Queensland has abundant natural resources and the skilled workforce needed to take advantage of the significant economic and job opportunities presented by the energy transition. With rising local understanding and support for a shift towards decarbonisation, what’s needed now is government leadership. This report helps build the case for supporting this clean energy future for the region, both in the community and within the government, highlighting the ample benefits to the region.
Pollution Speed Limit: Australia’s Most Important Climate Policy
The Safeguard Mechanism (or, ‘Pollution Speed Limit’ on Australia’s biggest emitters) is quickly becoming one of the most important policies for Australia’s climate action efforts. It covers Australia’s 215 biggest polluters who are responsible for almost 30% of Australia’s total emissions, like Santos, BHP and Woodside.
Read our explainer to learn more about the Pollution Speed Limit.
The Climate Council has made a submission to the Federal Government and the Department of Climate Change, Energy, Environment and Water to help strengthen the Safeguard Mechanism (Pollution Speed Limit) to enable dramatic emissions reductions this decade. Keeping the Government and the public informed on the latest science and powerful ways we can cut emissions is central to our work pushing for urgent climate action.
Read our submission here
Policy Package: Power Up: 10 Climate Gamechangers
The Climate Council released a plug-and-play policy roadmap to rapidly drive down emissions this decade, while tackling the cost of living crisis. The report outlines 10 climate gamechangers centred around a 100% renewable energy supply, and the building, transport and industry sectors. These solutions can be put into action right now, and can create a wide range of different jobs and economic opportunities across the country.
Shifting the National Narrative on Gas
There has never been a better time to switch away from gas – and the Climate Council partnered with Australian comedian Dan Ilic to help spread the word. Check out the video and share it today to take this message further!
Polling: Australians want transport options that are better for our hip pockets and climate
The Climate Council partnered with YouGov to commission the People and Transport National Poll 2022; we asked more than 2100 Aussies what they think about Australian transport. Understanding what the public thinks of climate solutions helps us shape the national conversation, and push for urgent action to cut emissions.
The People and Transport National Poll reveals that:
- Eight in 10 Australians believe governments should invest more in public transport
- Seven in 10 are keen to see Australia’s entire bus fleet electrified and run on renewables as soon as possible.
- More than two-thirds of Australians think governments should deliver more footpaths and bike lanes across the country.
Learn more about the findings here
Policy Win: National Construction Code Updated
All States and Territories agreed to increase the minimum energy efficiency standard of new homes to 7-Stars, as part of the next update to the National Construction Code. The standard will come into force in May 2023, and all new homes will have to comply by October 2023. This is a big win for Australia, and for the Climate Council community after thousands of Climate Council supporters emailed a copy of our report, Tents to Castles, to their relevant Ministers to call for this change.
Webinar: Humanity’s Moment: In Conversation with Dr Joëlle Gergis
Climate Councillor, Dr Joëlle Gergis, was interviewed by Climate Council Research Director, Dr Simon Bradshaw, for the launch of her book, Humanity’s Moment: A Climate Scientist’s Case for Hope. As one of the lead authors of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 6th Assessment Report, Dr Gergis knows the heartbreak of the climate crisis – but she also understands why hope-fuelled action has never been more important.
Watch the playback of this inspiring conversation:
Webinar: In Conversation with The Hon. Chris Bowen MP
Climate Council CEO, Amanda McKenzie, held a frank and open discussion with the Hon. Chris Bowen MP, about the national plan to tackle climate change, and the credible action, policies and solutions that must be put in place urgently. This conversation was a unique opportunity to take the Climate Council community’s questions straight to the Federal Minister for Climate Change and Energy.
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Media Spotlight: Climate Council Attends the Pacific Islands Forum 2022
The Climate Council sent two staff members to the Pacific Islands Forum in Suva, Fiji, to meet and work alongside other international climate groups, and report back to global news organisations everything that happened on the ground.
This was the first Pacific Islands Forum for the new Federal Government, making the event an important opportunity to set a new tone for Australia’s relationship with the Pacific and secure strong cooperation on climate change, the region’s greatest threat. Support from our community enables us to hold the Government accountable in the media by providing an independent, expert voice on the ground.
Check out our media impact from the Pacific Islands Forum
Report: A Fight for Survival: Tackling the Climate Crisis is Key to Security in the Blue Pacific
Climate change is an existential threat to the Pacific and time is running out. So ahead of the Pacific Islands Forum 2022, Climate Council released its report A Fight for Survival: Tackling the Climate Crisis is Key to Security in the Blue Pacific, which found that to earn the trust of the rest of the region, Australia must show Pacific countries that it is serious about climate action.
Report: Re-Energising the Indo-Pacific: Australia’s Clean Energy Opportunity
This report, co-authored by the Climate Council and PerthUSAsia, outlines concrete recommendations on how Australia can lead a transformative energy revolution in the Indo-Pacific region. It was released ahead of the Sydney Energy Forum 2022 in Sydney, co-hosted by the Australian Government and the International Energy Agency.
Police Package: Charging Ahead: State and Territory Transport Policy Recommendations to reach near-absolute zero emissions
The Climate Council has developed a package of policies to address Australia’s fastest growing source of emissions, personal transport, and deliver significant health, economic and employment benefits, all while helping states and territories achieve their emissions reduction targets.
Emergency Leaders for Climate Action meets with Climate Change and Energy Minister Chris Bowen MP
In stark contrast to the first act of the previous government abolishing the Climate Commission, one of the first acts of Climate Change and Energy Minister, Chris Bowen MP, was to invite Emergency Leaders for Climate Action to meet with him. ELCA members Greg Mullins, Major General Peter Dunn and David Templeman were able to bring their 6 key asks to the nation’s highest offices, calling for:
- Strong, immediate emissions cuts (at least 75% by 2030)
- National leadership and collaboration to prepare for extreme weather
- Funding for vulnerable communities
- Properly resourced emergency services and a stop to subsidies for fossil fuels
- A national risk assessment and climate strategy
- Adaptation programs in tandem with emissions reduction
This meeting and press conference garnered significant media attention, with features across major news publications including The Sydney Morning Herald, The Guardian, 7News, News.com and SBS.
Webinar: Scale, Pace, Momentum: A new chapter for climate action
A panel of experts from the Climate Council joined together after the ‘Climate Election’ to discuss how we can make the most of the opportunity this new election poses for climate action across the nation.
Policy Package: Climate Policies for a Sensible Government
The Climate Council published a comprehensive list of the pragmatic policies that can be implemented within the first term of government ahead of the Federal Election, and sent it out to key candidates so that they knew where to get started if elected.
Campaign: #PutClimate First
We produced a range of resources and guides to help Australians make informed decisions about climate change at the ballot box. As an independent, non-partisan organisation, the Climate Council doesn’t promote or oppose individual parties or politicians, rather we advocate for policies that can deliver the deep emissions cuts we need, based on the most up-to-date climate science and information.
Panel: Federal Election Briefing: Putting Climate First
This webinar included a brief rundown of the major parties’ climate policies, and how they stack up to the science, before diving into an in-depth discussion with the expert panellists on why climate was such a crucial issue in the upcoming election, and how we can continue to keep pushing for stronger climate action on a national level.
Other Key Resources
- What does good climate policy look like? – A guide to sorting the science from the spin when it comes to climate election promises.
- Where do Australia’s major parties stand on climate action? – Analysis on the climate policy platforms from the Liberal-National, Labor and Greens parties.
- Climate Crap Checker – A thorough breakdown of claims made about Australia’s (woeful) climate record (and what you can do to combat them).
Interactive Map: Climate Risk Map of Australia
The interactive Climate Risk Map of Australia localises and personalises the risks of climate fuelled extreme weather events, such as bushfires and floods, to properties within electorates, local government areas and suburbs around the country, allowing users to see how their area will be impacted by climate change into the future.
This map made a huge impact in the media, with over 2300 features across print, online and broadcast coverage. It appeared on every major news network; reaching people across the country with the facts about how climate change is affecting their communities.
In response to the findings of this map, over 3000 people emailed the Climate Risk Map to their Federal MP and Candidates ahead of the federal election to demand stronger action on climate change to protect their community.
Report: Uninsurable Nation: Australia’s Most Climate Vulnerable Places
This report found that by increasing the minimum energy efficiency standards for new homes from 6 to 7-Stars, we can dramatically cut household emissions, reduce energy bills and improve people’s health and wellbeing.
Report: The Lost Years: Counting the costs of climate inaction in Australia
This report found that by increasing the minimum energy efficiency standards for new homes from 6 to 7-Stars, we can dramatically cut household emissions, reduce energy bills and improve people’s health and wellbeing.
Report: Tents to Castles: Building Energy Efficient, Cost Saving Aussie Homes
This report found that by increasing the minimum energy efficiency standards for new homes from 6 to 7-Stars, we can dramatically cut household emissions, reduce energy bills and improve people’s health and wellbeing.
Responding to our Tents to Castles report, thousands of members of the Climate Council community emailed a copy of this report to their relevant State or Territory minister, calling on them to increase the minimum energy efficiency standards for new homes to 7-Stars.
Panel: The Path Forward: Understanding the latest IPCC Report
The IPCC Working Group III report focused on the path ahead of us, detailing how governments can rally to drastically cut emissions and the solutions that must be rapidly implemented to tackle climate change. Check out the insights on this report and what it means for Australian communities from our expert panel: Climate Council CEO Amanda McKenzie, Climate Council Senior Researcher Tim Baxter, Climate Councillor Dr Madeleine Taylor and inventor and scientist Saul Griffith.
Media Spotlight: Emergency Leaders for Climate Action on A Current Affair
Emergency Leaders for Climate Action member, Major General Peter Dunn, featured in a segment of A Current Affair addressing how military and emergency services leaders, business leaders and flood affected residents are calling for urgent action to reduce emissions this decade to prevent worsening climate impacts. Click here to check out the segment.
Explainer: Breaking down the latest IPCC report
The Climate Council continued our work unpacking the latest science and making it accessible to the public and decision makers alike as we broke down the findings of the IPCC Working Group II report. Check out our explainer here, and watch the summary from Climate Council Research Director Dr Simon Bradshaw.
Panel: Special Briefing: What you need to know about the latest IPCC report
Our expert panel delves into what the IPCC Working Group II report means for Australians, what we can do to propel Australia towards bold, effective climate action, how to look after your mental health in light of these findings, and more.
Panel: Leading the Charge: Let’s talk about women and climate change
Emergency Leaders for Climate Action member, Major General Peter Dunn, featured in a segment of A Current Affair In honour of International Women’s Day, Climate Council CEO Amanda McKenzie facilitated a panel discussion with three trailblazing women working towards climate action in Australia; Kavita Naidu, Jo Dodds and Lisa Viliamu Jameson. The panel discusses the effects of climate change on women, reflects on how we can increase female representation in the push for urgent action, and unpack gender inequality in climate impacts and solutions.
Rapid Response: Climate Council responds to the flooding crisis
Thanks to the ongoing support of our community, the Climate Council was quick to respond to the east coast flooding crisis, providing expert insight in the media, and producing key resources to keep Australians informed of how climate change impacts flooding events. Read our public statement on the floods here.
Report: A Supercharged Climate: Rainbombs, Flash Flooding and Destruction
This report explains how climate change is intensifying extreme rainfall, how the frequency of these events is likely to double with each degree of further global warming, and how climate change was firmly embedded in the 2022 flooding emergency that swept through southeast Queensland and New South Wales.
Cities Power Partnership: Stand with Local Leaders
Facilitated by the Cities Power Partnership, a program of the Climate Council, 31 Mayors, Councillors and local government networks joined together to call for urgent disaster recovery funding, more ambitious emissions reduction targets and a coordinated national response to climate fuelled disasters. Over 2700 Climate Council community members signed on to this joint statement to amplify this urgent call for action.
Communication Guides: Marine Heatwaves
This communication guide is full of helpful tips and tricks on how to talk about the impact of climate change on marine heatwaves. This guide delves into how climate change has contributed to the increased frequency, duration and intensity of marine heatwaves, their ecological significance and how they’re altering our oceans.
Resources for Managing Climate Anxiety
Responding to the rising eco anxiety among Australians, the Climate Council has compiled some tips, tools and resources for managing climate anxiety. Climate Councillor and public health doctor, Dr Kate Charlesworth, also developed a guide for parents managing eco anxiety in their children.
Bandaid on a Broken Leg: Responding to Reef Funding Announcement
The Climate Council responded in the media to the then Federal Government announcing $1billion in funding for the Great Barrier Reef that failed to address the number one threat to the reef, climate change, labelling the announcement a “band-aid on a broken leg”. Our coverage of this announcement was featured in a variety of news outlets including the Sydney Morning Herald, CNN and Yahoo.
Check out Climate Councillor and Ecologist Professor Lesley Hughes’ response to the announcement below:
Conversation Guides: Helping you talk about Climate Change and impacts
Our Extreme Weather Communication Guide was developed so you can accurately explain the link between extreme weather events and climate change. We also produced social media squares in Mandarin, Vietnamese, Cantonese, Arabic, Korean, Greek, Thai, Khmer and Spanish about how climate change effects different extreme weather events including bushfires, floods and heatwaves that you can share.
As La Niña influences a wetter, stormier summer than many Australians are used to, we created the conversation guide Stormy Summer and Climate Change to help arm you with the facts when chatting about climate change.
PANEL: Are We Any Safer?
Two years since the devastating Black Summer Bushfires, the Climate Council and Emergency Leaders for Climate Action are hosted an online panel to look at what progress has been made, and ask “Are We Any Safer?“. Watch the webinar to learn from our expert panel:
REPORT: Crunch Time: How Climate Action in the 2020s will Define Australia
This report unpacks the key takeaways for Australia from the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow, in particular the urgent need for Australia to catch up with the rest of the world. The only way to do this is with a strong 2030 target and a suite of credible climate policies that accelerates the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy and electrification.
Climate Councillors featured in must-see Black Summer bushfires documentary
The Climate Council keeps powerful, expert voices on climate change in the public eye to set the record straight on the facts and solutions.
Academy Award winning film maker, Eva Orner, featured in-depth interviews with some of our Climate Councillors, including Prof. Tim Flannery and Greg Mullins, AO, AFSM, in her documentary Burning. This film takes an unflinching look at the 2019-2020 Black Summer bushfires, delving into the catastrophe that unfolded across Australia, while shining a light on the global issue of climate change.
PANEL: Glasgoing, Going, Gone: What Now?
Hear from our expert Climate Councillors about their reflections on COP26, and what Australia needs to do now to take meaningful action on climate change.
COP26: Shaping the National Narrative
Both on the ground in Glasgow and back at home in Australia, the Climate Council shaped the narrative around COP26 by keeping influential voices in the media. The Climate Council was a go-to source for journalists, resulting in us featuring in the media over 3,600 times throughout the climate conference. Through traditional and social media, our team kept the public across the developments at the conference, facts about climate change and solutions.
Check out some of the highlights from COP26
REPORT: From Paris To Glasgow: A World On The Move
From Paris to Glasgow: A world on the move takes stock of the world’s response to the climate crisis and outlines what Australia needs to deliver to play its part in reducing global emissions and protecting future generations. Australia has a long way to go, and our report ranks Australia dead last among comparable nations.
REPORT: Markets are Moving: The Economic Cost of Australia’s Climate Inaction
Markets are Moving: The Economic Cost of Australia’s Climate Inaction looks at the economic impact that carbon border tariffs could have on Australia’s economy if we do not take appropriate measures to act on climate change now in line with our key trading allies.
This report provides one of the first pathways for eliminating gas demand in New South Wales by 2050. New South Wales could reduce its annual gas demand by the same amount that the Narrabri Gas Project is forecast to produce, as soon as 2030.
As the level of government closest to the community, councils are at the heart of responding to climate impacts. The findings and case studies in this report paint a picture of the impacts and scale of the challenge councils face, but also outline a pathway to overcome them.
This report outlines the relationship between climate and security. It highlights significant risks within our region that could be realised in the future, and how Australia can rise to this challenge.
Watch our Climate Security Online Panel Discussion to learn more:
Cities Power Partnership reaches over 150 Partner Councils
The Cities Power Partnership now represents over 60% of Australians, across over 500 cities and towns, as Australia’s largest network of local councils leading the way to a thriving, zero emissions future.
Explaining the IPCC Report
The Climate Council breaks down the findings of the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to help everyday Australians understand the latest science, and push our business, community and political leaders to cut emissions by as much as possible, as fast as possible.
Community Protection Pledge
Emergency Leaders for Climate Action (ELCA), a project supported by the Climate Council, launches the Community Protection Pledge. The pledge is a set of 10 commitments aimed at all of Australia’s 151 Federal MPs, who are committed to advocating for climate action and protecting their communities.
Gas is a dangerous, polluting fossil fuel that’s harmful to our health, wellbeing, and climate. This report smacks down misinformation from the gas industry, to demonstrate the way to a smarter, cleaner and healthier future for all Australians.
See the benefits of living in a gas free home:
The Aim High, Go Fast report is a sobering reminder that any further delay to action on climate change will have devastating consequences for our lives, livelihoods and ecosystems. The report concludes that Australia should aim to reduce emissions by 75% below 2005 levels by 2030, and reach net zero emissions by 2035.
First Nations Climate Justice Panel
Emergency Leaders for Climate Action and the Climate Council hold the First Nations Climate Justice Panel – a discussion on how First Nations communities are leading the fight for climate justice, and why First Nations voices must be centred in the national climate conversation.
Watch the panel below, or click here to read and share our summary:
This report highlights the impact of increasing heatwaves and extreme weather on local, national and international sporting codes – engaging new audiences by elevating the voices of Australian athletes concerned by the climate crisis.
Following one of the most intense periods yet for climate-fuelled extreme weather, the Climate Council releases a report outlining how climate change is driving more destructive heatwaves, downpours, cyclones, and fires, and costing our economy billions.
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic dominating the news cycle, the Climate Council keeps climate change in the headlines. Emergency Leaders for Climate Action (ELCA) are a source of authoritative climate information in the media, featuring over 78,000 times in traditional and social media over the 2019-20 Black Summer bushfires.
REPORT: Passing Gas: Why Renewables are the Future
Gas is driving climate change. This report explores the Federal Government’s commitment to the gas industry, while exposing some of the biggest myths surrounding gas extraction, production and consumption in Australia.
Australian Bushfire and Climate Plan
The Australian Bushfire and Climate Plan, developed at the National Bushfire and Climate Summit 2020, outlines 165 recommendations for more effective bushfire readiness, response, and recovery. Many of these recommendations influence the outcomes of the Bushfire Royal Commission, including its acknowledgement that climate change is leading to more dangerous fire conditions.
Clean Jobs Plan
The Climate Council releases its Clean Jobs Plan which identifies 12 major policy opportunities to create 76,000 clean, emissions-busting jobs across the nation, including in regional areas.
The Clean Jobs Plan goes on to influence over 50 strong policy outcomes on renewable energy and climate solutions from State and Territory Governments.
National Bushfire and Climate Summit
In response to the Black Summer bushfires, Emergency Leaders for Climate Action (ELCA) hosts the 2020 National Bushfire and Climate Summit, bringing together more than 150 experts and community leaders, to share their experiences, and come up with ways to address the worsening risk of devastating bushfires fuelled by climate change.
Watch the highlights below, or click here to watch the full panel.
REPORT: Summer of Crisis
Summer of Crisis is the first comprehensive overview of how climate change fuelled Australia’s devastating Black Summer bushfires.
PM acknowledges link between climate change and fire conditions
The Climate Council’s work educating Australians on the link between climate change and extreme weather, including drought and bushfires, is instrumental in changing the public narrative around the Black Summer bushfires.
At a press conference, Prime Minister Scott Morrison says he’s “always acknowledged” the link between climate change and bushfires.
According to research conducted in the aftermath of the bushfires, 49% of Black Summer articles discuss climate change, compared with only 5% of reporting of the Black Saturday fires in 2009.
ELCA meets with David Littleproud and Angus Taylor
Emergency Leaders for Climate Action travel to Canberra to meet with Minister David Littleproud and Minister Angus Taylor.
REPORT: State of Play: Renewable Energy Leaders and Losers
Climate Council’s 2019 report, State of Play: Renewable energy leaders and losers, finds that South Australia is winning the state and territory renewables race, with the ACT and Tasmania hot on its heels.
ELCA writes again to the PM
Emergency Leaders for Climate Action (ELCA) writes again to the Prime Minister, asking why the Government has not yet given them a meeting.
REPORT: This is What Climate Change Looks Like
The Climate Council releases a visual report, This is what climate change looks like, highlighting recent examples of climate impacts on natural ecosystems and wildlife.
REPORT: Compound Costs: How Climate Change is Damaging Australia’s Economy
The Compound Costs report finds that there are few forces affecting the Australian economy that can match the scale, persistence and systemic risk associated with climate change.
Emergency Leaders for Climate Action (ELCA) is formed
A group of 23 former emergency service leaders, led by former commissioner of NSW Fire and Rescue Greg Mullins, writes to the Federal Government, alerting it to the threat of “increasingly catastrophic extreme weather events” and calling on both major parties to recognise the need for “national firefighting assets”, including large aircraft, to deal with the scale of the threat. ELCA launches a joint statement in The Australian and The Age Newspapers.
REPORT: Climate Cuts, Cover-Ups and Censorship
This report provides a detailed overview of the Australian government’s approach to climate change since the election of the Liberal-National Coalition government in 2013 – a period characterised by slashing science funding, cutting effective climate change programs and a lack of credible climate policy.
REPORT: The Angriest Summer
This report finds the Angry Summer of 2018/19 has been characterised by prolonged, continental-wide heatwaves and record hot days, bushfires throughout Australia, and heavy rainfall and flooding in northern Queensland.
Fighting Back Against Misinformation
The Climate Council hits back against claims from the Federal Government that CO2 emissions are reducing, despite their own data at the time showing emissions on the rise. 28 experts in science, energy and other emitting sectors, sign our statement, directly funded by our community, and published in the Australian and the Financial Review.
5 years since the launch of the Climate Council and we have published over 100 peer-reviewed reports, had over 280,000 media hits generating over $100million worth of coverage on climate change. Our online community has grown to over 420,000 people since our launch. Over 2018, the Climate Council releases 17 reports and achieves over 2200 media mentions, reaching tens of thousands of Australians with important climate messages.
REPORT: A Renewable Feast
This report brings together a feast of renewable-powered food and drinks showcasing Australian growers and manufacturers who are using clean energy.
REPORT: Deluge and Drought: Australia’s Water Security in a Changing Climate
‘Deluge & Drought‘ finds that climate change is already significantly influencing water security in Australia, shifting rainfall patterns and increasing the severity of both droughts and floods.
REPORT: Powering Progress: States Renewable Energy Race
The Western Australian Government updates their climate policy to include a net zero emissions plan, in the wake of the States Renewable Energy Race report, where we single out Western Australia as the only state without a renewable energy or net zero emissions target.
REPORT: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Limiting Temperature Rise to 1.5C
To put into context what the latest IPCC report means for Australia, the Climate Council prepares its own report: The good, the bad and the ugly: Limiting temperature rise to 1.5°C. The report details how global temperatures have been rising rapidly, and Australia is one of the most vulnerable developed countries to the impacts of climate change, while contributing little to solutions.
Cities Power Partnership grows to over 100 Partner Councils
REPORT: Lethal Consequences: Climate Change Impacts on the Great Barrier Reef – Update 2018
This report shows the future survival of coral reefs around the world, including the Great Barrier Reef, depends on how deeply and swiftly greenhouse gas pollution levels are slashed over the coming years and decades.
Climate Council holds the Australian Energy Forum
The Climate Council’s Australian Energy Forum brings together twelve of Australia’s leading energy experts with 20 energy policy advisors representing every state and territory across Australia. The forum discusses the importance of strong emissions reductions targets in the context of the debate around the National Energy Guarantee.
REPORT: Icons at Risk: Climate Change Threatening Australian Tourism
This report drives home the impacts of climate change on some of Australia’s top natural tourist destinations, including the Great Barrier Reef, the Red Centre, the Top End, Beaches and our ski fields.
Launched at Sydney’s iconic Manly Beach, the report generates a diverse range of media coverage, exposing the Climate Council to new audiences, while also attracting international media attention in countries including China, France and Pakistan.
2017 sees the Climate Council hit a significant media milestone: surpassing 20,000 media hits since the organisation’s launch in 2013 and featuring in over 3000 media items in 2017 alone. We take journalists on two media trips to help shape the national narrative about climate impacts and solutions. These trips are highly effective in conveying the severity of the impact of climate change on the Great Barrier Reef, as well as showcasing what a renewable energy future would look like by turning the lens to the solutions already being rolled out in California.
REPORT: Critical Decade 2017: Accelerating Climate Action
The ‘Critical Decade 2017: Accelerating Climate Action’ report shows Australia is highly vulnerable to many consequences of a changing climate, from worsening heatwaves, droughts and bushfires, to devastating coral reef bleaching, while most of the nation’s population centres are also highly exposed to sea level rise.
Responding to the National Energy Guarantee
The Climate Council opens up discussion about the NEG’s deficiencies, proposing an alternative set of policy principles for credible climate and energy policy, and continuing to highlight positive state and territory progress on renewable energy and storage. Our multi-tiered response strategy cut through the swathes of misinformation and made sure the Australian public understood the difference between the NEG, and credible climate policy
Cities Power Partnership Launched
The Cities Power Partnership is launched with 35 trailblazing partner councils and soon becomes Australia’s largest network of towns and cities leading the way towards a thriving, net zero emissions future.
California Media Imagination Project
The Climate Council held a media trip for Australian Journalists to California to help inform reporting on Australia’s clean energy future. Half of California’s energy is set to come from renewables by 2030, and more people worked in the solar energy industry than in all the state’s investor-owned utilities combined. It also has a similar climate, economy and vulnerability to climate impacts to Australia, making it an ideal frame of reference for journalists.
The trip generated extensive media coverage, including in the Australian Financial Review and Channel 10’s The Project.
REPORT: Risky Business: Health, Climate and Economic Risks of the Carmichael Mine
This report shows that if the Galilee Basin mine were a country, it would rank in the top 15 worst emitting nations in the world, and that any new thermal coal mines, particularly at that scale, is fundamentally at odds with protecting Australians from the impacts of climate change.
REPORT: Angry Summer 2016/17: Climate Change Super-Charging Extreme Weather
The “Angry Summer 2016/17: Climate Change Supercharging Extreme Weather” report shows summer temperatures have soared to unprecedented new heights, with capital cities such as Sydney experiencing its hottest summer on record.
2016 is a big year for the Climate Council, releasing 19 reports across topics including heat and health, coral reefs, storms, land carbon and rural & regional impacts. By mid-2016, three of the top five spokespeople communicating on climate change are from the Climate Council, and we are consistently the number one organisation communicating on climate change, featuring in over 2100 media articles through the year.
Fighting Misinformation About Renewables
After a one-in-50 year storm results in catastrophic damage to power infrastructure across South Australia, the Climate Council’s rapid mobilisation in response to debate over renewables dramatically changes the narrative.
REPORT: Land carbon: no substitute for action on fossil fuels
A Climate Council report finds that while increasing carbon in land systems is important, Australia is muddying the waters by combining land carbon and fossil fuel reduction policies – which is giving an inaccurate picture of Australia’s progress in tackling climate change.
REPORT: On the Frontline: climate change and rural communities
This report reveals that climate change is likely to worsen the systemic disadvantages suffered by rural and regional communities, and further widen the gap between rural and urban areas. It finds the increase in extreme weather events is disproportionately affecting those in rural areas, with serious social, health and economic impacts.
The Climate Council is well established as the expert voice on climate change, science and solutions in Australia
By mid 2016, the Climate Council consistently has three of the top five spokespeople communicating on climate change, and is consistently the #1 organisation communicating on climate change.
Unprecedented coral bleaching in the Great Barrier Reef
The Climate Council coordinates a significant media intervention in response to a mass coral bleaching event on the Great Barrier Reef, with our work quoted in over 100 international publications. We release the report ‘Australia’s coral reefs under threat from climate change‘, and take out a full page ad in QLD’s Courier Mail, with a statement signed by 56 scientists, with a combined 1200 years of experience working on the reef.
REPORT: Australia’s coral reefs under threat from climate change
This report finds that rising global ocean temperatures, driven by climate change, has been the cause of an extremely severe bleaching event on the Great Barrier Reef.
REPORT: Game On: The Australian Renewable Energy Race Heats Up
Our report card on the renewable energy progress of Australia’s states and territories finds South Australia and the ACT are acing the class, while NSW is lagging behind. The report grades Australia’s states on their renewable energy policy and performance across rooftop solar penetration, large-scale capacity per capita and percentage of renewable electricity.
REPORT:The Silent Killer: climate change and the health impacts of extreme heat
The Silent Killer: Climate Change and the Health Impacts of Extreme Heat report finds that although many states have taken significant steps to upgrade their heat and health warning systems since the deadly heatwaves of 2009, strategies vary considerably from state to state and focus primarily on reactive, rather than long-term planning.
The Climate Council continues to ramp up its impact across Australia, releasing a joint statement, two briefing papers and 15 reports throughout the year, on topics including carbon budgets, the renewable energy boom, drought, the Carmichael coal mine and food and farming. Over the year, the Climate Council has over 2300 media hits conveying key messages about climate change right around the country.
Climate Council sends delegation to COP21 in Paris
Climate Council reporting on the COP21 conference reaches 11.2 million people, with media coverage worth more than $3.1m, setting the tone for how the Paris climate conference is understood back home in Australia. The Climate Council releases the report ‘A Whole New World, Tracking the Renewable Energy Boom from Copenhagen to Paris’.
See what our team on the ground have to say:
REPORT: The Burning Issue: climate change and the Australian Bushfire Threat
The Burning Issue: Climate Change and the Australian Bushfire Threat finds the length of the fire season has increased by almost 19% globally between 1978 and 2013. Longer fire seasons are reducing opportunities for controlled burning and intensifying pressure on firefighting resources.
The Climate Council Hosts the ‘Australian Climate Security Summit’
Thirty of Australia’s leading minds from Defence, academia, policy think tanks and other government bodies join together for discussions for Australia’s first climate security summit. The summit results in the inclusion of stronger language regarding climate change in the February Defence White paper, as well as an unprecedented public acknowledgement of climate change by Australia’s Chief of Army.
Climate Media Centre Launches
The Climate Media Centre localises and personalises climate change impacts and solutions for Australians by connecting journalists with powerful stories about the people and places affected by climate change, as well as the inspiring tales of those taking action to fix things.
REPORT: Climate Change 2015: Growing Risks, Critical choices
Released halfway through the Critical Decade for climate action and four years after the release of the Climate Commission report, Critical Decade: Climate science, risks and responses, Climate Change 2015 finds that the risks of climate change for our wellbeing now look more serious, strengthening the case for urgent action.
Key information from Climate Council Reports has now reached 6 Million People!
REPORT: Unburnable Carbon: why we need to leave fossil fuels in the ground
This report reveals that the pollution from Australia’s coal resources, particularly the enormous Galilee coal basin, could take us two-thirds of the way to a two degree rise in global temperature.
The Climate Council features in over 2300 media items over 2014, including coverage of the 17 reports published throughout the year, across topics including heat waves, international action, bushfires, electricity and coastal flooding. Important foundations are laid for our ongoing work, and the Climate Council is established as an expert voice on climate science and impacts in Australia.
REPORT: The Australian Renewable Energy Race: which states are winning or losing?
This report is the first of our state renewable energy race reports, released annually, comparing state and territory uptake of renewable energy and targets to spur on state based climate action.
Increase in number of Australians that understand the link between climate change and extreme weather
Essential Media finds that 76% of people think that climate change and extreme weather are linked (compared to 52% in January, 2014).
REPORT: Lagging Behind: Australia and the Global Response to Climate Change
This report compares Australia’s action on climate change to the rest of the world in relation to reducing emissions and renewable energy, including the actions taken by some of the world’s largest economies such as China, the US and EU.
REPORT: Counting the costs: climate change and coastal flooding
A landmark report exploring coastal flooding: the sleeping giant of climate change risks. The report outlines how sea level has already rise and continues to rise du to climate change.
REPORT: Australia’s Electricity Sector: Ageing, Inefficient and Unprepared
Australia’s Electricity Sector: Ageing, Inefficient and Unprepared investigates the future of Australia’s electricity sector.
REPORT: Heatwaves: Hotter, Longer, More Often
This report finds that climate change is already increasing the intensity and frequency of heatwaves in Australia. Heatwaves are becoming hotter, lasting longer and occurring more often, with hot weather in Adelaide, Melbourne and Canberra reaching predicted for 2030.
REPORT: The Angry Summer
The first in a series of ‘Angry Summer’ summer reports, this report provides a summary of extreme weather conditions in the 2013/2014 summer, illuminating a continuing trend of hotter summers and more weather extremes in Australia
REPORT: Be Prepared: Climate Change and the Australian Bushfire Threat
Climate Councillors, Professors Lesley Hughes and Will Steffen, release one of the Climate Council’s first major reports, kickstarting our work educating the public and decision-makers on the relationship between climate change and extreme weather – a topic that will grow to be a core pillar of our work.
Climate Council launches in record-breaking crowdfunding campaign
16,000 people chip in over $1.1 million in just ten days to launch the Climate Council in the biggest Australian crowdfunding campaign of its time – bringing our independent voice for climate science, solutions and action to life.