Many groups have altered their activities to best suit the constraints of COVID-19 restrictions with more online and less in-person actions. Check with each group to understand how they're currently operating.
Climate Activism Groups
Who: Founded in the UK in 2018, now in at least 70 countries. It's growing quickly because anyone who follows Extinction Rebellion's (XR) core principles and values can take action in the name of XR. They use mass non-violent civil disobedience and other tactics to disrupt business as usual, drawing attention to the urgency of the climate crisis and 6th mass extinction. They have three demands for governments: to tell the truth about the climate crisis, to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2025 and to create a citizens assembly to lead decision making on climate action.
Where: Many local chapters in Australia including cities, towns and regions.
When: XR operates regularly year round with the most intense periods of action occurring during 'spring rebellion' and 'autumn rebellion'.
How: XR provides training, inductions, meetings, and other events. Actions to get involved include assisting with 'working groups' behind the scenes and assisting in planning and/or staging actions which can be legal or illegal. Illegal actions also include non-arrestable roles. While many events are disruptive in nature, many are not and exist to engage the public.
Extinction Rebellion International: https://rebellion.earth/
Extinction Rebellion Australia: https://ausrebellion.earth/
Citizens Climate Lobby
Originally a US based organisation, CCL has become very active in Australia. Primarily, they advocate for carbon fee and dividend legislation. In Australia they also: focus on other goals of political lobbying, for example supporting Zali Stegall's Climate Change Bill, and take part in public and media engagement. They promote a bipartisan approach to climate policy.
Where: Many local groups around Australia.
When: CCL regularly hosts events and actions.
How: CCL provides training, conferences, and meetings in person and on Zoom. Ways to assist include lobbying all levels of government in person and by letter writing, helping with public engagement including events with guest speakers, tabling at events, and writing letters to the editor.
350.org was founded in 2008, making it a long standing presence in the climate movement. One of the founders is Bill McKibben, who wrote one of the first books on global warming for the general public. Their goal was to build a global climate movement. The group primarily campaigns to end the world's use of fossil fuels.
Where: A few local action groups exist in Australia.
In Feb 2020, 350.org Australia launched a campaign called #CutAllTies to call on companies and politicians to cut ties with The Minerals Council of Australia, a reputably anti-climate action industry lobby group.
Protect Our Winters
POW is the leading climate advocacy group for the winter sports and outdoor community, representing 60 million people across 12 countries, with an Australian branch launched in 2018.
POW Australia: http://protectourwinters.org.au/
POW International: https://protectourwinters.org/pow-international/
Fridays For Future
This is the movement, that began in August 2018, when 15 year old Greta Thunberg sat in front of the Swedish parliament every school-day for three weeks to protest against the lack of action on the climate crisis. This has inspired students and adults to protest climate inaction, usually outside of parliaments or town halls, usually on Fridays.
Where: A number of contingents exist in Australia; this map is a useful resource to find them:
How: Many people and groups strike every Friday. You can strike on your own,
host a strike or join a strike.
When: Every Friday in many places, but one-off events also take place.
AYCC and SEED
Australian Youth Climate Coalition is building a movement of young people (under 30) to campaign for climate action and create solutions for the climate crisis.
Seed is Australia’s first Indigenous youth climate network and is the sister organisation of AYCC.
How: AYCC and SEED host trainings, meetings and other events. Ways to assist include signing open letters and petitions, calling companies, taking on a behind the scenes support role and/or having face to face conversations with voters.
Who: Adults are also welcome at the events and usually make up a large part of the crowd.
When: Mass rallies are a few times a year with other events semi-regularly.
School Strike 4 Climate Australia
This is a group of school students who strike from school to call for urgent political action on climate change.
What: This group predominantly hosts mass rallies, but occasionally have smaller events including vigils and occupy actions.
This group organises and hosts many mass rallies for climate action.
Who: Non-uni students are also welcome at events.
What: Mass rallies, protests and other actions including occupying various companies' headquarters.
Uni Students for Climate Justice
Local Climate Groups
There are local climate action groups all around the country; have a look in your community.
Related Issue Groups
With specific focuses, such as ending coal or fracking, these groups are helping set the scene for a safer climate.
How: Ways to take action include boycotting and pressuring Adani contractors to leave Adani through protests, contacting them and occupying company property.
Stop Adani is a grassroots movement which aims to stop the company Adani from building the Carmichael Coal Mine in the Galilee Basin, which would open up one of the largest untapped coal reserves on Earth.
Where: Some 126 #StopAdani local groups around Australia.
When: Frequent events and actions.
Mad Fucking Witches
A remote-action friendly group that assists with the climate movement by targeting misinformation-spreading (including climate denialism) companies and individuals within the media.
Where: From your computer.
How: Working to get advertisers to pull out of Murdoch media (NewsCorp), convincing cafes to be "Murdoch Free Zones" and others.
Here is a paticularily good google doc from them:
They are active on Twitter (but also have a website/Facebook).
Lock the Gate Alliance
Dedicated to limiting risky coal mining, coal seam gas and fracking throughout Australia.
Where: More than 450 local groups.
How: Join or form a local group, contact your council, 'lock your gate', help your community become mining free, sign up to volunteer etc.
Frontline Action on Coal
This group has a blockade camp set up near Adani's mine, where they participate in frontline actions to block the operations of the mine.
Where: Mostly at the blockade camp near Adani. Helping the group from afar is also possible.
How: Arrestable forms of non-violent direct action and plenty of non-arrestable roles as well.
Galilee Blockade aims to protect the Galilee basin from coal and gas extraction.
Where: Local Direct Action Teams in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne.
How: Target companies working on Adani's mine with disruptive tactics including citizen blockades, strikes, boycotts, and street occupations. Arrestable and non-arrestable roles available.
These environmental organisations campaign for the climate and related issues.
Bob Brown Foundation
Campaigns include: Takayna/Tarkine, Stop Adani, Native Forests,
No Whaling, Anti-Protest Laws, and Protect Tasmania's Natural Wonders.
Where: Busiest in Tassie, but active elsewhere as well.
How: The Bob Brown foundation hosts convoys, bio-blitzes, art shows, ultra marathons and protests. Other ways to get involved include visiting the Sumac Blockade Camp and signing letters and petitions.
Greenpeace Australia Pacific
Campaigns include: Stop Adani, Australian Bushfires, Great Australian Bight, Clean Air, and Amazon Rainforest.
How: Greenpeace provides guides and action packs for DYI activism on their website. By joining the Greenpeace Australia network you can help to roll-out campaign messages and tactics in your local community, work on campaigns and activities, volunteer in the office, get involved in non-violent direct actions or help with fundraising.
Campaigns include: Nature laws that work, Deforestation, Kimberley, Tasmania's forest, Victoria's forests, Piliga, and Great Western Woodlands.
How: A variety of events and training around Australia. By joining their 'Movement for Life' you can get involved in Wilderness Society's community organising. Other ways to get involved include: write a letter or submission, sign a petition or volunteer in a campaign centre.
Environmental Justice Campaigns include: Stop Adani, Morrison doesn't speak for me, Renewable Energy for All, The Great Barrier Reef is in Danger and more.
Where: Action Groups in various places around Australia.
How: GetUp hosts events and training sessions. Actions to get involved with include letter writing, phone calls, stunts, petition deliveries and more.
Australian Conservation Society
Campaigns include: Solve the climate crisis; strengthen our democracy; stop Adani; transform our economy; connect protect & restore nature and more.
How: ACF hosts events and has local community groups you can join. Resources and actions are provided on their website.
Friends of the Earth Australia
Campaigns include: Climate and Energy Justice, Anti-nuclear, Land and Water, Food and Technology, Economics for Earth and Indigenous Land & Rights.
Where: 8 local groups around Australia.
How: Friends of the Earth Australia host info nights, presentations, workshops and other events. Volunteer opportunities exist to help with projects like Tipping Point.
Healthy ecosystems are essential for a healthy climate.
These groups can help you get your hands dirty.
Conservation Volunteers Australia
On 13 January 2020 Conservation Volunteers Australia was selected to coordinate the national environmental volunteering response to the bushfire crisis by the Australian Federal Government. They are actively looking for more volunteers to assist with the fire recovery effort in the coming months.
Bushfire Recovery: https://conservationvolunteers.com.au/bushfires/
Landcare Australia and local groups
The National Landcare Directory (NLD) is a great place to find landcare and related groups to volunteer with in your local area.
You can contact your council if you need more information.
A good starting point can be signing up to email lists with a variety of groups. The emails sent out by many groups can be very helpful to help you get involved with current actions and opportunities or to give you important updates. For example, you may get an email asking you to help with an urgent task such as emailing a particular CEO.
This is not an exhaustive list of groups.
Information about groups provides only a snapshot
Most of these groups can be found on social media
A number groups are more active in promoting and listing their events on Facebook than they are on their websites. If you don't have Facebook, make sure to sign up to email lists.
Page Updated: 31/07/2020