Building Momentum Ahead of The United Nations Climate Change Conference

Building Momentum Ahead of The United Nations Climate Change Conference


Citizens’ Climate Lobby Australia acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the country across Australia, respecting their connection to sea, land and community. We pay our respects to their elders, past, present and emerging, and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.

Notes from the Chair

We have a big a few months coming up as the world approaches the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in November. This is a big opportunity for all nations to step up their ambition, especially Australia, which is yet to publicly commit to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050. Our upcoming 100 Days of Action Campaign will be our contribution to lifting Australia’s ambition. See more details below/here.

Our Fundraising got a boost from our tax-time appeal and is getting us closer to being able to appoint our first staff member, a vital step towards fulfilling our goal of an active group in every federal electorate. Naturally, more gifts are very welcome, especially regular monthly donations. Please visit the DONATE tab on our website.

The new Supporter Engagement team is up and running. Team leader Tom Hunt is doing a great job welcoming new members and enabling them to find their way to where they need to be in Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) Australia. And Joyce’s Group Development team continues to build and support the groups and chapters where our grassroots work takes place.

Harry Guinness, from the Blueprint Institute, was our Guest at our July Monthly Meeting. He provided a good overview of the research and advocacy that they are doing on climate and other issues. This month our speaker will be Fiona Davis, CEO of Farmers for Climate Action; very timely as we aim to focus our lobbying on rural MPs for the next period. And planning for our September Conference and Lobby Month has started! Watch this space as our plans unfold.

Many thanks for your support. With appreciation,

Rod Mitchell, National Chair.


CCL’s New Net Zero Campaign Launches on July 24th

Net Zero by 2050 – 100 Days of Action

Saturday July 24th will mark 100 days until COP26, being held in Glasgow from the 1st to the 12th of November 2021. The ultimate aim of COP26 is to secure net-zero emissions globally by mid-century and keep warming of no more than 1.5 degrees within reach.

Our Federal Government is yet to publicly commit to net-zero emissions by 2050, let alone legislate to achieve it.  Citizens’ Climate Lobby Australia is therefore initiating an extended campaign focused on our number one ‘ASK’, specifically:

A bipartisan and federally legislated target of Net Zero Emissions by 2050 (and preferably sooner), with a clearly documented process for achieving it presented by the Government at the Conference. 

The 100 Days of Action Campaign is a great opportunity for all CCL supporters to get involved and help build momentum to achieve this vital goal.  There may not be a better time to influence Australia’s climate policies.

Our Campaign Team is working on a range of actions, events and resources to help you get involved – because every voice is needed over the next 100 days!  


Upcoming Events

By Lisha Chaves, CCL Australia Volunteer

Australian National Conversation Online

Thursday, 15/7, 8 pm NSW, VIC, QLD, ACT, TAS | 730 pm SA, NT | 6 pm WA

The National Conversation will be on Thursday, July 15th. This month we will have a Board Update—an opportunity to inform our teams and supporters on what the Board is doing and where it is heading. The most notable work is the development of a ‘Theory of Change’ to inform and guide CCL Australia over the next few years. The Board has put a lot of thought into this, and it is almost complete. It would now be highly beneficial to review with a wider group and gain different inputs. We love to hear from all active volunteers—your feedback helps CCL Australia grow and develop, to create the political will for a liveable world. Join us on Zoom at: http: //


August Monthly Guest Speaker (online)

Sunday, 1/8, 4.30 pm NSW, VIC, QLD, ACT, TAS | 4 pm SA, NT | 2.30 pm WA

Each month we have our Monthly Guest Speaker event: a national talk by a speaker who discusses an area of expertise relating to climate change. We are delighted to have Fiona Davis as our Guest Speaker next month. She is the new CEO for Farmers for Climate Action (FCA).

Fiona grew up on a dairy farm in Northern Victoria. During her years at Currie Communications, a respected consultancy, Davis developed an extensive toolkit of skills in strategy, stakeholder engagement and project management. At Currie Communications, she supported agricultural and environmental clients, such as Citrus Australia and the Victorian Government. Davis has a PhD in history from the University of Melbourne, and recently completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Australia Catholic University. Her pivot back to agricultural focuses has allowed Davis to direct her skills and knowledge at the promotion of climate action.  

We have a long association with FCA and have had four presentations from them at conferences and at Monthly Meetings. Following the talk, we divide into groups to discuss the the topics highlighted in further detail. All are welcome to join us on Zoom at 4:30pm AEST on Sunday, August 1st. Join here:


Fiona Davis, CEO of Farmers for Climate Action.


For more information on upcoming events, visit our website here.

Sydney Group Meet with Hon. Tanya Plibersek MP

By Sierra Farr, CCL Australia Volunteer

All six Sydney electorate members who met with Tanya Plibersek MP on Zoom received very positive feedback from the meeting. Focusing on CCL Australia’s Net Zero Emissions by 2050 ASK, the meeting discussed the need for Australia to set stronger climate targets at COP26. Plibersek spoke in detail about Labor’s support for legislating a target, the reasons why Labor is taking its current approach, and their policies that will drive jobs growth through climate solution initiatives. There were also discussions regarding electorate initiatives for solar powered vehicles and batteries.

CCL Sydney members met with Hon Tanya Plibersek MP (30/6/2021).


Grassroots Outreach News

By Lisha Chaves, CCL Australia Volunteer

Bennelong Group Tabling at the Henley Grower and Artisan Markets

“Don’t complain, campaign in the rain!” was Citizens’ Climate Bennelong’s motto on Saturday, June 19th. The CCL team braved the rain and the wind to complete a successful tabling event. Despite the dreary weather conditions, it was a successful morning with several locals stopping by to chat about climate solutions. They also were happy to write a postcard to their MP demanding their Climate Dividend and a firm commitment to net-zero emissions.

Citizens’ Climate Bennelong team at the Henley Grower and Artisan Markets.

Bennelong Group Tabling at the Ryde Sustainability Festival

Citizens’ Climate Bennelong also had a very productive morning at the Ryde Sustainability Festival for World Environment Day 2021. They had a record number of locals writing postcards to their MP demanding their Climate Dividend and a firm commitment to net-zero emissions. Many of the locals also signed up to volunteer! All of Citizens’ Climate Lobby Bennelong’s Facebook posts and updates can be viewed here.

Citizens’ Climate Bennelong team at the Ryde Sustainability Festival.

Training and Education Team

New Resources Available for CCL Australia Volunteers

The Training and Education Team have been busy at work producing resources to better equip CCL Australia’s volunteers to create the political will for a liveable world. They have published a video called “An Introduction to CCL for New Members” as part of our New Volunteer Guide. The Introduction takes you through the origins of the CCL, our core values, the Australian Climate Dividend and more.

The New Volunteer Guide will help volunteers navigate their first week with CCL Australia and familiarise themselves with the lobby. It provides opportunity to connect with other local volunteers and get started with climate actions. Afterwards, volunteers can unlock the training module for their first month.

Be sure to watch the recently published “How to Talk to Your MP” training videos, too. This useful resource will take volunteers through the different modes of engagement for Labor MPs and coalition MPs, as well as how to introduce CCL Australia’s ASKS.

Image by Lily Aika O’Toole

July Monthly Guest Speaker: Harry Guinness

Harry Guinness was our Monthly Guest Speaker for July. A public and foreign policy professional, Harry has broad experience across private and non-profit sectors. His passion for strong and vibrant liberal democracy, as well as evidence-based policy, led to his co-founding Blueprint Institute. Harry was adviser to Australia’s Foreign Minister and the Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party, the Hon. Julie Bishop, on key portfolio areas including international development, Africa, South Asia, and climate change. He has worked in public health and education campaigns in Kenya, Brazil and Australia.

Harry holds Bachelor Degrees in Economics and Politics from the Australian National University and an MPhil in International Development from the University of Oxford. His research and opinion pieces have featured in The Australian Financial Review, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Guardian, The Mandarin, ABC Online, and The New Daily. You can watch the full video below.

NAIDOC Week 2021

Heal Country 

By Trent Whitehand-Willick

The 4th–11th of July was NAIDOC Week. From the Black Summer of 2019-20, to the recent flooding in NSW and recent storms devastating Victoria: it is clear to me that we need to Heal Country. With the incidence and severity of natural disasters and extreme weather events increasing in Australia and globally, this year’s NAIDOC theme has never been so important.

First Nations people have occupied and cared for country for over 60,000 years. Settler-colonialism led to the destruction of indigenous social and cultural knowledge and its exchange – but not absolutely. Contemporary Australia can learn from First Nations people in caring for and managing the lands we live on. For example, the ancient Aboriginal practice of controlled seasonal backburning could be crucial to mitigating the severity and frequency of bushfires in Twenty-First Century Australia. There are many native crops that have been cultivated to suit Australia’s climate, with some recent studies even suggesting that they have genetically adapted to respond positively to cultivation in Australia. The yam daisy (Microseris lanceolata) is one such example. These findings have the potential to reshape sustainable agriculture in Australia and provide new opportunities in Australian cuisine.

The quality of contemporary Australian society’s relationship to the environment is dependent on the quality of its social and cultural exchanges with First Nations people. The values and practices of environmental stewardship and environmental interdependency, as practiced by First Nations people for aeons, are critical to safeguarding Australia against the full extent of climate change. In many aboriginal lore and law systems, every action is attached to a story that fosters a set of norms governing interaction with the environment, and forms a sacred connection to nature. The land itself is especially sacred and every individual is responsible for, and accountable to, the biosystems of Earth.

Although renewable energy and electrification are paramount to any semblance of a sustainable future, I believe ‘green’ economics are not the panacea to the environmental crises. Australia must also ensure socio-cultural developments that go together with a sustainable economy. Let NAIDOC week be an opportunity to educate ourselves and learn from those that understand environmental management differently. Let us call on our politicians to utilise the full scope and extent of Australia’s sustainability and human capabilities.

The official National national NAIDOC Poster, ‘Care for Country’, designed by Gubbi Gubbi artist Maggie-Jean Douglas. Source:


Help our Volunteers Chuff Along

All of CCL Australia’s work is volunteer-based.  Donations enable us to appoint the staff we need to support you, our valued members, to create the political will for a liveable world. We have set up a donation portal on To donate, visit our fundraising page here.

Image by Lily Aika O’Toole


The Climate Monthly

Highlights from Jenny Goldie’s recent “The Climate This Week” articles

From the G7

Prime Minister Scott Morrison attended the G7 Summit in Cornwall, Scotland. Australian envoys were unable to persuade other leaders that technology alone will solve climate change. Australia’s Energy Minister, Angus Taylor, as well as Germany’s Minister of Economics and Technology, Peter Altmaier, and German Research Minister Anja Karliczek, signed a declaration of intent to establish an “Australia-Germany Hydrogen Accord“. The G7 leaders made a joint commitment to cut emissions in half by 2030 and to end international funding for coal projects without carbon capture technology by 2022. However, no definitive end date for these activities was proclaimed.
Read more here.

Barnaby Joyce Backs Thermal Coal to Fund Public Services

The effects of Barnaby Joyce’s return to the Nationals’ leadership are still unfolding. Farmers are urging the Nationals to end their opposition to a net-zero by 2050 target for Australia. Nonetheless, Joyce claims Australia needs high-efficiency, low-emission coal power stations and revenue, from the continuation of Australian exports of thermal coal. This, he claims, could fund social services.

Aiming for 100%

The Australian Energy Regulator has reported that more than 3,700 megawatts of new wind and solar energy, as well as 2,500 megawatts of rooftop solar, entered the primary electricity grid in 2020. This increased both wind and solar energies, and the combined output reached record levels, surpassing 19% of the energy mix.

Record Heat in North America

Searing heatwaves have killed hundreds of people in the northwest of the US, as well as British Columbia in Canada.

Climate change downplayed by Intergenerational Report

Last week, the Federal Government released the quinquennial Intergenerational Report. It examined the government’s priorities up to 2060. The report failed to consider the full-scope of climate change. Its parochialism was criticised by the Grattan Institute: the think tank said the report “beggars’ belief”, as it fails to account for simple economic considerations regarding the loss of export earnings from non-renewable energy sources, as well as the costs of natural disasters.


Australia’s coal economy is under threat from international climate commitments. Image: Rob Homer, from:


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Citizens’ Climate Lobby Australia acknowledges
the Traditional Custodians of the Lands
on which we live, lobby, advocate, and educate.
We pay our respect to Elders past, present and emerging, and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.

Appreciation to Karen Liang, Akshay Vallam, Sierra Farr, Lisha Chaves, Jason Am, Meredith Kraina, and Rachel Mattiske for forming this newsletter.
Thank you to all who contributed writing.
Edited by Trent Whitehand-Willick.