The world is currently set to miss the Paris Agreement by a disastrous margin, with temperature rise this century expected in excess of 3°C.
Whilst regular people aren't to blame for the climate crisis (we're looking at you Exxon) it's clear it's up to us to stand up for what we know is right. We have all the solutions we need - it's only political will that's missing.
The time for change is now.
We're navigating the route to a better future.
We're fighting to protect people and communities in Australia and around the world, and future generations, from worsening climate impacts.
We're working to protect the wild outdoor places, ecosystems, environments and biodiversity that we cherish as well as our beloved outdoor endeavours, lifestyles and work.
Outdoors people don't just sit around when a storm blows in.
The antidote to despair is action.
21 Bold Climate
Goals for 2021
We've suggested 21 actions that you can take during 2021 to make a difference.
These actions range from participating in climate activism, engaging with our politicians, reducing our personal carbon and ecological footprints, using our money for good and inspiring those around us.
Tick off the actions as you complete them throughout the year. You could stick this list on your fridge, a corkboard or wherever you'll see it.
Alternatively, access our edit friendly version here so you can change some of the goals or edit them to best suit you - for example maybe you'd like to attend 3 rallies and you've already divested.
Scroll down this page to find tons of tips, tricks, links and resources to help you complete all 21 actions and get the most out of each one!
Consider bookmarking or saving this page so you can return later.
Goal setting is a powerful way to ratchet up our performance. Even when we care deeply about the climate crisis it can be hard to know where to start.
We hope this resource will help you feel proud by the end of this pivotal year for the climate, knowing that you took crucial leadership when the world needed it the most.
Carbon emissions must fall to two tonnes of CO2 per person by 2050 to avoid severe global warming, but in Australia emissions are currently 16 tonnes per person. So whilst government action is essential, individuals can have a huge impact and often quite easily.
6. Measure your footprint. Make sure to record the results and track your progress.
There are lots of footprint calculators available but we like this ecological footprint calculator here by Global Footprint Network.
7. Eat greener. Eat more plant-based, buy local and organic or grow some of your own.
Becoming vegan (or if not then eating more plant-based) is one of the biggest impacts we can have to lower our 'food footprint'. The climate impact of plant-based foods is typically 10 to 50 times smaller than that of animal products. See an in-depth explainer by CarbonBrief here. We can further reduce our food impact by eating local, organic and unprocessed foods.
8. Travel lighter. Avoid flights, carpool, use public and active transport or buy an electric vehicle.
Kilometer for kilometer, flying is the most damaging way to travel for the climate. Its been estimated that on average living car free will save 2.4 tonnes of CO2 a year whilst avoiding one return transatlantic flight will save 1.6 tonnes. Avoiding flights is a relatively easy way to have a huge impact, whilst limiting our driving related emissions also makes a big difference. If you'd like to go 'flight free' in 2021 you can add your name to Flight Free Australia's pledge here.
9. Buy or install green electricity. Enhance this action by saving energy at home.
Option 1: Install solar - find a guide to household solar systems here. Option 2: Switch to and buy renewable power from a electricity company that's greener overall - check out this Green Electricity Guide here.
Option 3: Buy green electricity from your existing energy supplier (find out which power companies offer what here).
Option 4: Get involved with a community energy project - search for community energy projects in your state or local area.
10. Reduce waste. Find ways to avoid plastic, tackle food waste or buy less or 2nd hand.
Australia was ranked lowest in climate policy out of all 57 nations included in the Climate Change Performance Index 2020 and Australia still doesn't have a net-zero target (unlike more than 110 other nations). Strong and bold leadership from our governments is essential in tackling the climate crisis - citizens must demand climate action.
15. Write to your federal MP to call for climate action on a federal level.
For everything you need to know, check out the Climate Council's 'How to Write an Effective Letter to Your MP' here.
16. Write to your state MP about climate change and what you’d like to see happen in your state.
As above, use the Climate Council's letter writing guide as a resource, here. Make your 'ask' (request for action) relevant to your state or territory. States are in charge of public transport, delivering clean
energy projects, state climate laws and targets, forests and much more! Find your state MP and their contact information on your state/territory parliament website.
18. Write a submission for a public consultation, for example to oppose a fossil fuel development.
Many opportunities come up throughout the year to write a submission and make a difference for the climate. Check out this list of current national and state/territory specific public consultations on the Environmental Defenders Office (EDO) website. A number of major environmental organisation like Wilderness Society, Australian Conservation Society and EDO will keep you posted and provide toolkits for important submissions, so be sure to sign up to one of their email lists. Also, sign up to an email list for a major environmental group in your state/territory (eg. Act On Climate for Victoria or Nature NSW).
Enjoy the adventure!
We hope this list of 21 climate actions for 2021 will help in your climate action journey! We would love to hear what you think. Also, we'd be over the moon to know how you go with your goals! You can get in touch here.