Climate Movement

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Together at Outdoors People for Climate Action, we're driving climate action within the outdoor community in Australia. But we don't work in isolation, we are a part of a wider ecosystem. Our actions are aligned with the wider climate movement and the multitude of other groups and organisations in Australia and around the world, who are taking vital action to address the climate and ecological crisis. 

 

It's a great idea to also connect with other groups. Consider groups that are active in your local area, or who are working on an issue that you're passionate about. 

On this page you'll find many of the key groups and organisations in the climate and environmental movement here in Australia. A fantastic way to get to know a group is to sign up to their email list. Many of the groups below provide important information and helpful resources, as well as online, remote and in-person opportunities to take action, attend events, volunteer, fundraise or donate to support their work.

Don't forget our Anywhere Actions page features a ton of online actions, from many of the groups below. And if you want to learn more about the climate crisis and its solutions click here.

The information on this page is in no way comprehensive! And to learn more about each group please visit their website. 

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Climate groups

The Climate Council is Australia’s leading climate change communications organisation. To get active visit their website, access their climate action resources, sign petitions and send emails, fundraise, donate and more.

Extinction Rebellion Australia (XR) is part of a global grassroots movement using nonviolent civil disobedience to compel government and corporate action to address the climate and ecological crisis. To get active visit their website, link up with a local group in your area, attend an induction, talk, discussion group, training, or action, plus volunteer with a working group and more.

Citizens Climate Lobby Australia (CCL) is a grassroots organisation that empowers citizens to lobby their politicians for positive climate actionTo get active visit their website, link up with a local group, attend an in-person or online talk, receive training, volunteer, lobby your MP, and more.

350 Australia is an international grassroots organisation that is working to rapidly end fossil fuels. To get active visit their website, join their #CutAllTies or Fossil Free campaigns, join a local group, volunteer, attend actions, trainings and events, sign petitions and send emails, and more.

Fridays for Future is a movement that stemmed from Greta Thunberg's strike for climate and involves weekly and larger climate strikes. To get active visit their website and find Australian strikes and local groups on this map.  

Local Groups are present all around Australia. Look for groups in your local area, electorate, suburb or town. 

 

Groups for outdoors people

Surfers for Climate is a global sea-roots group dedicated to positive climate action. To get active visit their website.

For Wild Places is an Australian organisation that leads the running community into immediate action to protect places of environmental and cultural significance. To get active visit their website.

Divers for Climate is a community-led initiative that aims to motivate the global dive community to take action against climate change. To get active visit their Facebook page.

Protect Out Winters Australia is a part of the leading global advocacy group for the winter sports and outdoor community. To get active visit their website.

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Climate groups for all

School Strike for Climate is an Australian school-student led grassroots group that demands for politicians to address the climate crisis. To get active visit their website. School students can get involved and organise actions and strikes. Adults can attend strikes and provide support.

The Australian Youth Climate Coalition (AYCC) is an Australian youth-run organisation building a movement of young people leading solutions to the climate crisis. Under 30 year-olds can get active by visiting their website, joining a local group, attending a training, volunteering, signing petitions and sending emails, and more.

Seed Indigenous Youth Climate Network (Seed) is building a movement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people for climate justice. Visit their website to learn more and get active. If you're not an indigenous youth you can show support by joining the email list, donating, signing petitions and sending emails, and more.  

1 Million Women (1MV) is a global movement of women and girls living climate action. To get active visit their website, access their climate action resources, download the 1MW app, join the market place and more.

Professional, faith and other groups - there are specific groups for various professions and industries, faiths, hobbies and institutions, for example Doctors for the Environment and Jewish Climate Action network

Groups for every issue

These groups are taking climate action by tackling and promoting specific problems and solutions.

 

Market Forces is an organisation that exposes the institutions that are financing environmentally destructive projects and helps Australians hold these institutions accountable. To get active visit their website, access their resources to use your money for good (bank, super, insurance, etc.); take action as a shareholder; sign petitions and send emails; and more.

Stop Adani is an Australian grassroots group that is working to stop the Adani coalmine. To get active visit their website, join a local group, attend actions and events, sign petitions and send emails, and more.

Lock the Gate Alliance is an Australia-wide grassroots organisation who are taking action to stop risky coal mining, coal seam gas and fracking. To get active visit their website and join a local group.

 

Galilee Blockade aims to protect the Galilee basin from coal and gas extraction and stop the Adani mine. To get active visit their website

Frontline Action on Coal (FLAC) is an Australia group that uses community led, non-violent direct action to end the unnecessary extraction of fossil fuels. To get active visit their website

Mad F*cking Witches is an Australian group fighting back against media organisations which promote hate, dangerous ideas, and the denial of science. To get active visit their Facebook page here.

Solar Citizens is an Australian grassroots group of solar owners and supporters working to keep growing renewables in Australia. To get active visit their website

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Environmental Organisations

Greenpeace Australia Pacific is a campaigning organization that uses peaceful protest and creative confrontation to expose global environmental problems and promote solutions. To get active visit their website, ask Australian companies to go 100% renewable as a part of their REenergize campaign, sign petitions and send emails, donate and more. 

Wilderness Society is an organisation taking on transnational corporations, rogue operators, and the armies of lobbyists and politicians who defend them to protect the living world. To get active visit their website, volunteer locally by joining movement for life, sign petitions and send emails, donate, fundraise, attend an in-person or online event, and more. 

Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) is Australia's national environment organisation. To get active visit their website, join a local group, sign petitions and send emails, donate, fundraise, attend an in-person or online event, and more. 

The Bob Brown Foundation, active in Tasmania and the mainland, is an organisation that helps campaigns and activists protect ecosystems, species and wild and scenic heritage. To get active visit their website.

Environmental Defenders Office (EDO) is the largest environmental legal centre in the Australia-Pacific. To get active visit their website, and definitely use their resources to have your say for a hearing or inquiry.

GetUp! is an Australian grassroots group that works on a range of issues, including environmental justice. To get active visit their website.

Friends of the Earth Australia is a part of the world's largest grassroots environmental network. To get active visit their website, sign petitions and send emails, donate, and more. 

WWF Australia is a part of the global World Wildlife Fund, a leading voice for nature. To get active visit their website.

 

Birdlife Australia is Australia's largest bird conservation organisation. To get active visit their website.

Bush Heritage Australia is an organisation that buys and manages land, and partners with Aboriginal people, to conserve species and landscapes. To get active visit their website.

State Based Groups

Driving action at a state level is just as important as on a national level. These groups are busy making positive change for the climate and environment across each state and territory. 

 

WA - Clean StateConservation Council of WAWA Forests Alliance, Enviorns Kimberley

NSW - Nature Conservation Council of NSW

Queensland - Queensland Conservation Council

Victoria - Environment VictoriaAct On Climate, Yes2Renewables

Tasmania - Environment Tasmania, Blue Derby Wild

Northern Territory - Environment Centre NT, Arid Lands Environment Centre

South AustraliaConservation SANature Conservation Society of South Australia

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Conservation Groups

Want to volunteer, get your hands dirty and help to restore nature? Check out these groups.

 

Conservation Volunteers Australia is an organisation that provides opportunities for people to help rebalance nature through hands on volunteering. To get active visit their website, and check out their 'Project Search' (click 'show on map') to find opportunities near you. 

Landcare Australia is an organisation that support the Landcare community for on-ground projects (see website here). More than 6000 local landcare, coastcare and bushcare groups are located all around Australia. Use this search function to find a group near you, or otherwise look for a landcare group in your state, town or local area. 

Greening Australia is an organisation that conserves and restores Australia’s landscapes. To get active, visit their website.

Parks and wildlife services often have hands on volunteer opportunities. Visit the website of or contact your state of territory National Parks service to learn more. 

 

 

We want to make climate action easy and create a strong connection between the outdoor community and the climate movement. We hope you found this page useful. 

Still looking for more? Visit Climate for Change's group directory here (especially for Victoria) and Ecoshout's here

 

Let us know if you've got feedback or if there's a relevant group we've missed on the page. Also, feel free to get in touch if you need support finding a local group, and we'll see if we can help.

We are so grateful to all the people and groups working to make a positive difference for our climate, including you!

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