National conference and lobby days – November 26-29, Canberra

National conference and lobby days – November 26-29, Canberra


Join in on November 26-27 for the Citizens Climate Lobby Conference in Canberra, ACT, as we keep moving Australia towards passage of Carbon Fee and Dividend.

Next year will be critical for climate change policy and we need to be there. This conference is a big opportunity for us to get on next year’s agenda. Please make every effort to join us, even if you have no experience of lobbying.

The Conference will be held at the Greenhills Centre in Canberra on the weekend of November 26-27. On the Monday and Tuesday we will lobby in Parliament House.

At the start of the CCL International Conference held in Washington DC in June, Mark Reynolds stood in front of hundreds of CCL volunteers and made this promise:

“By the end of 2017, we will have Congress pass a bill that places a fee on carbon and returns the revenue to households.”

We aim to achieve an effective carbon price in Australia by 2018. This conference and the subsequent lobby days are vital steps in this journey.

During the conference you’ll hear from inspiring speakers and receive the training to be game-changing communicators on the lobby days, speaking on behalf of future generations.

This is where we get to make a big difference in a short space of time by meeting with dozens of MPs and staffers and sharing climate solutions with the people who make the ultimate decisions. We get to exercise our personal and political power in a place where it really matters. We also get to know each other much better and have a lot of fun!


Program details below. Register online now!


Conference Program


7pm Pre-Conference Gathering

Saturday Nov 26

8.30 Registration

9.00 Welcome – Marshall Saunders, Founder of CCL via Skype

9.20 Orientation and Introductions – Rod Mitchell, CCL Australia National Coordinator

9.30 CCL Australia – Strategy, Progress and Celebration – Rod + Regional Coordinators

10.00 Break

10:30 Speakers and Panel

Carbon Pricing in the Australian political economy – Press Gallery Journalist, TBA
The viability of solutions and renewables – Christina McPhail, & BZE
Climate policy in ACT  – ACT MP, TBA

Panel with

De-briefing and processing the morning’s events in three or small groups

12.30 Lunch

1.30 Climate Advocacy Training Workshop
1.30 Planning lobby days – experienced CCLers

4.30 Photo with Banner

7.00 Conference Dinner – Ian Dunlop – A peek into the mind of the Fossil industry

Sunday Sept 13

9.00 Danny Richter CCL Legislative Director (via Skype) inspiring stories  – Likely implications of a US carbon Price for Australia

9.30 Concurrent workshops

Keeping conversations moving – Susie Fraser, CCL Australia
Exploring the difference between “actually listening” and “politely waiting for one’s turn, while thinking over what to say” Ways to respond so the speaker experience actually being heard; the value of questions in forwarding a conversation.  

Lobbying by Connection – Ann Hefferan, CCL Australia

Supporting all Life – giving perspective and support for volunteers – Rod Mithcell, CCL Australia

11.00 Break

11.30 International climate change negotiations and action: an update from Marrakech – Liz Buchan, DFAT

12.30 Lunch

1.30 Lobbying briefings, rehearsals, role-plays and other preparations

3.00 Break

3.15 Lobby preparation – continued

4.00 The Way Forward – Rod Mitchell, CCL Australia

5.00   Close

Monday Sept 14

9 – 5 Lobbying in Parliament House including Press Gallery

5 – 6 Debriefing

Tuesday Sept 15

9 – 5 Lobbying in Parliament House

5 – 6 Debriefing