Outdoors People for Climate Action | Newsletter #1 | 2 April 2020

Updated: Aug 22

We hope you enjoy our very first newsletter.

Find out how we're going, what we're doing and what you can do to help.

If your an outdoors person who's keen for action on climate, don't forget to join.



Why we're here


The world urgently needs to take adequate action to limit global warming to as close to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial times as possible. As outdoors people, every iota of additional warming will impact our work, play and favourite places – which is why it’s essential we add our attention and effort to the growing worldwide wave of the climate movement.


The world urgently needs to take adequate action to limit global warming to as close to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels as possible (as per the Paris Agreement). As outdoors people, every iota of additional warming will impact our work, play and favourite places – which is why it’s essential we add our attention and effort to the growing worldwide wave of the climate movement.


Climate Action Tracker has reported that based on recent policy around the world, we are on track to reach 3 degrees of dangerous global warming by 2100.(1) Governments are not following through with sufficient policy to meet our vital Paris Agreement. That's why former UN Climate Chief, Christiana Figueres, recently advised “It’s time to participate in non-violent political movements wherever possible”.(2)


People around the world are doing their bit by addressing their own impact, taking direct action and campaigning for a safe climate future - holding governments and big business to account. And it's paying off, following recent activist campaigning, Telstra committed to using 100% renewable energy by 2025, and Eqinor pulled its drilling plans out of the Great Australian Bight, just to name two climate wins of many. 


As a community we can take action to help preserve the wonderful places and things that we cherish, whilst protecting the wellbeing of humanity and the integrity of earth.



COVID-19


We hope everyone reading this email is safe, healthy and feeling secure during these strange and challenging times. We know for many people in the outdoor community this has taken a massive toll on work and life. Let’s remember to look after one another, help how we can and stay in touch during these isolating times.


Because Outdoors People for Climate Action intended to do much of our campaigning remotely, the group has been largely unaffected by the restrictions put in place to manage COVID-19. However, groups throughout the Climate Movement have had to cancel in-person actions and the movement has moved online. The world’s climate groups and activists stress that campaigning for the climate must not be slowed. During this tumultuous time and as the world rebuilds from the COVID-19 crisis, many things including policy will inevitably change, and it is up to the climate movement to ensure politicians give a safe climate future the priority it requires. Outdoors People for Climate Action will remain active during COVID-19, and it may be a good opportunity to enhance our community whilst many of us have spare time.


One change as a result of COVID-19, is that we will temporarily reduce our focus on outdoor businesses. Before this time we were excited to have many members employed by a variety of outdoor companies/organisations and this was a wonderful way to connect with different businesses and spread the message in this way. However we recognise that sadly, the bulk of these outdoor employees have been made redundant or have lost their casual work, and our hearts go out to these workers and businesses. Likewise, we will not actively pursue new business supporters at this time, however, would certainly accept any incoming applications of this nature.



How we're going


Members:


Outdoors People for Climate Action was launched about a month ago on 1 March 2020. We have had 60 people sign the joint statement of concern and become members with more people signing up all the time. We’ve had a great diversity of people join, already from every state and territory, rural and city, a great mix of enthusiasts, outdoor educators, outdoors guides, educator-guides and others. Concerning the outdoor workers, our members are employees of at least: 4 different outdoor tourism companies, 8 outdoor education centres, a private school, a TAFE, and an outdoor recreation company.


Spreading the word:


Our reach has not been limited to our members. Our social media accounts, including Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, have had traction and are being used to share our climate action-outdoor community specific content.


Our first promotional video is getting plenty of views and importantly, our website, designed to help outdoors people take climate action, is getting lots of visits across its pages.


Collaborating:


Outdoors People for Climate Action has reached out to and been contacted by a variety of like-minded groups and people. This has been helpful to expand our reach, collaborate with others and connect with the wider community. 


Thanks to the Mountain Journal for running a story about Outdoors People for Climate Action: 

https://themountainjournal.wordpress.com/2020/03/20/introducing-outdoors-people-for-climate-action/




What you can do to help the movement grow


Because it’s early days for this campaign, now is an important time to grow our member base and audience, promote the group far and wide and enhance climate action in the outdoor community.


How:


Check out us out and follow us on social media. Share our content. Share our video.



Let your outdoorsy friends, family and colleagues know about us, in conversation or by email/text/social media.


Remember:




Taking climate action

Check out our Take Action page for an overview of how to have an impact. 


On our Groups page find various climate action, related issue, environmental and even conservation groups that you can connect with to help take climate action.


Our Information Page points you towards reputable sources to learn more about the climate crisis and its solutions.


Also see Task Hub below.




New

Blog


Outdoors People for Climate Action now has an active blog. Content will be tailored to suit outdoors people with a focus on giving an overview of key issues, topics and happenings of the climate movement.


https://www.outdoorspeople.org/blog


Task Hub


The Task Hub is a new page on our website that lists different actions, organised by a variety of groups within the climate movement. These tasks differ from generic climate actions (like writing to your MP), by instead being associated with current campaigns or opportunities. As such, many tasks have a due date. There’s a variety of tasks, varying in difficulty, that can all be taken from home by anyone.


https://www.outdoorspeople.org/task-list



Wanted – content from you!


We want photos of you! There are two types we are looking for:

1. Photos of you in the outdoors, at work or play. *

Bonus points if you have the Outdoors People for Climate Action brand with you – you can print off a logo from our Promotional Material page, take it out with you on your next trip and snap a pic.

https://www.outdoorspeople.org/promotional-material


2. Photos of you taking climate action. *

Get Creative! Examples include writing a letter to your MP, reading about the climate crisis, making a climate-related phone call, doing something to lower your footprint, composting, enjoying a vegan meal, installing a rain tank, taking part in an online campaign, attending an online event…


What to do with the photos:

1. Post the photo on your personal social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or anything else), and consider writing something about the post – why you care about climate change/what climate action you’re taking/etc. Don’t forget to use our hashtag and tag us:


2. If you are comfortable with us using your photo publicly (i.e. on our website, promotional material, or on our social media) please send the photo directly to us, with a description if you’ve got one, to outdoorspeopleforclimateaction@gmail.com


Photos are a powerful way to spread the message throughout the outdoor community, especially during this time of physical distancing. 


*Remember to follow all relevant measures for COVID-19 and social distancing.


PS: Old photos are fine by us.  



Wanted – keen teammates


If Outdoors People for Climate Action is a cause that really appeals to you and you would like to become involved behind the scenes in any way, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. It’s okay if you don’t have a lot of time to contribute, or much/any experience with the climate movement, anyone interested is welcome. 



Until next time


That’s all for now, we hope you’ve enjoyed the very first newsletter, from Outdoors People for Climate Action. Why not tell us what you think.

We’re wishing you the best of luck with finding your feet at the challenging time and staying safe, healthy and fulfilled.


- Outdoors People for Climate Action



Larapinta Trail, Tjoritja - West MacDonnell National Park, Northern Territory




References

1. https://climateactiontracker.org/global/cat-thermometer/

2. https://unfccc.int/process-and-meetings/the-paris-agreement/what-is-the-paris-agreement

3. https://www.forbes.com/sites/jeffmcmahon/2020/02/24/former-un-climate-chief-calls-for-civil-disobedience/#46f368ba3214

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