October Newsletter, ten days until Glasgow

October Newsletter, ten days until Glasgow

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, Rod Mitchell

On the verge

As international attention on the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) continues to intensify, Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) Australia has achieved one of our goals – Scott Morrison will attend COP26, in Glasgow. His attendance signals the Coalition’s intent to partake in the process that will hopefully increase global and Australian ambition for greater emission reductions.

The firm and bipartisan commitment to net zero by 2050 that we are seeking is still elusive. Nonetheless, while our pressure continues, the likelihood of fulfilling this ambition grows. Getting net zero legislated will be the next step of our strategy.

Annual General Meeting facilitates Board diversification

Citizens’ Climate Lobby Australia welcome four new members to our Board: Maya Trenow, Melisha Legget, Kat McVay and Christine Simmons. All four are female and together bring the Board’s average age down substantially. We are pleased that the AGM significantly improved the gender and age diversity of our Board.

November Guest Speaker

We are delighted to be hosting Richie Merzian, The Australia Institute’s Climate & Energy Program director, as guest speaker for our next Monthly Meeting on the 7th of November. He will be speaking to us directly from COP26 in Glasgow! He used to attend COPs as an official representative of Australia, so he has a robust understanding of how the COP works.

An exciting future in sight

There have been 16 applicants for the CEO position and we have a strong shortlist of 6 candidates! We have a four-person panel preparing to interview them, and we expect the Board will be presented with 2 or 3 applicants to choose between. We are excited by the interest the position has created.

Our post-Conference lobbying continues apace and included a very productive meeting with the WA Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Commerce, Amber Jade Sanderson. She was receptive to our proposals and is clearly open to collaborating with us as COP26 and its consequences unfold in our political system.

With our new Board, a new CEO and COP26’s outcomes on the horizon, we can expect remarkable things in the year ahead!

Please enjoy our October Newsletter.

Warm regards,
Rod Mitchell,
National Chair.


Net Zero by 2050 – 100 Days of Action

Ten days until Glasgow

Citizens’ Climate Lobby Australia’s 100 Days of Action campaign is snowballing in the build up to COP26, with less than two weeks remaining before leaders meet to negotiate the future of climate and energy. More than 1,800 people have signed our Petition to the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister, and over 200 emails have been sent to MPs and senators.

It is good news that the Prime Minister has confirmed his attendance and the consensus is that he will commit to net zero emissions by 2050. Though, with less than two weeks to go, we still have no details regarding Scott Morrison’s plans and policies for Glasgow.

Over recent weeks we have seen CCL members taking a variety of actions that have contributed to increasing pressure on the Australian Government to commit to net zero emissions. Nonetheless, we still have a way to go. Currently, the most effective approach is to contact MPs and Senators directly by emailing, calling or meeting them in person. Letters to the Editor are also another important channel.

Want to get involved? Help is at hand – click the links to find out more:

  1. Email your MP or Senator here
  2. Call your MP or Senator here
  3. Meet your MP or Senator – contact Peter.Todd@ccl.org.au.


Upcoming Events

Australian National Conversation (online)

Thursday 21st October, 8 pm AEDT | 7 pm QLD | 7:30 pm SA | 6:30 pm NT | 5 pm WA

Each month we hold the National Conversation – we nominate a current news topic related to climate change for discussion, hosted by our National Coordinator Rod Mitchell. Join CCL members from around Australia to share your ideas and aspirations for CCL. This is your montly opportunity to help make us an even better organisation and contribute to our national movement to create the political will for a liveable world. Join on Zoom via the following link: https://zoom.us/j/2023151151

Welcome & Intro to CCL (online)

Monday, 25/10. 8 pm AEDT | 7 pm QLD | 7:30 pm SA | 6:30 pm NT | 5 pm WA

Thursday, 4/11. 12 pm AEDT | 11 am QLD | 11:30 am SA | 10:30 am NT | 9 am WA

Thursday, 11/11. 8 pm AEDT | 7 pm QLD | 7:30 SA | 6:30 pm NT | 5 pm WA

Monday, 22/11. 8 pm AEDT | 7 pm QLD | 7:30 SA | 6:30 pm NT | 5 pm WA

A special welcome meeting for those interested to learn a bit more about CCL, meet other new members and volunteers from across Australia, share ideas on what we’re doing and consider how your efforts can help with the global challenge of climate change. Join on Zoom via the following link: zoom.us/j/2023151151

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

The Field Report: Lobbying News

Meeting with MP Celia Hammond

Celia Hammond, MP for Curtin in WA, is a worthy carrier of the Australian people’s climate change aspirations, as exemplified by her record with CCL. Hammond has met with CCL 5 times since stepping into the Curtin electorate in 2019. She engages CCL teams with enthusiasm and insight, consistently finding common ground. She met with 7 CCL Curtin constituents this month. Her commitment to net zero emissions by 2050 with interim targets and a measurable plan to achieve them was unequivocal.

Seven CCL Curtin members met with Celia Hammond MP (centre), whom was clear and forthcoming regarding the need for net zero emissions by 2050.


North Sydney group ups a gear before COP26

Our incredible North Sydney group has placed a massive 18 phone calls to our federal representatives—mostly NSW Senators. If you would like to speak with your local MP about the need for a bipartisan and legislated commitment to net zero by 2050, our North Sydney group coordinator has uploaded a tutorial video explaining how to call your representative about our commitment to net zero by 2050. You can watch it here or below.


October Monthly Guest Speaker: Grant Ennis

‘We already have a carbon price. Negative $5 Trillion per year. Demand change at COP26!’

Grant Ennis has spent his career working across Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. His work has ranged from government-led public health efforts in India, to civil society projects in Syria. He is a distinguished graduate of the University of the Pacific and the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. Ennis is the author of an upcoming book about the effects of corporate disinformation on our health and the environment. Sign up for the book’s mailing list at deviousframes.com. Find him on Twitter here and at LinkedIn here. You can watch Ennis’ full presentation below or here.

Volunteers secure two new grasstops endorsements for the Australian Climate Dividend

We are pleased to announce that the Melville City Climate Action Network and Sustainable Energy Now have signed on to the growing list of organisations endorsing our keystone solution, the Australian Climate Dividend (ACD).

They join other recent ACD endorsers, including three businesses: Business Ecosystem Sync, Speaking2Win and Witt Consulting.

Thank you to these organisations for using their platform and influence to advocate for this effective climate solution.

Increasingly more CCL volunteers are creating the political will for a liveable world by leveraging their professional and personal connections, and reaching out to potential Grasstops supporters. Grasstops Engagement asks for support from prominent community leaders, businesses and non-governmental organisations that CCL chapters can deliver to their Federal and State MPs.

If you would like to add Grasstops to your climate advocacy, you can get started today by enrolling in the program. Interested volunteers can get involved by visiting the Grasstops Engagement page on CCL Australia’s intranet site: intranet.ccl.org.au/grasstops.

Our intranet site is for registered volunteers – if you need access, please contact your Regional Coordinator or Team Leader. If you have not joined CCL yet, sign up at ccl.org.au/join.

For more details on these organisations and for our full list of endorsers, please visit: climatedividend.org.au/supporters.


Six modules of climate advocacy training

Starting in November, the training team will be delivering 6 modules of climate advocacy training via Zoom. This will take place every Monday at 7.30 pm AEDT. The following modules will be offered:

  1. Lobbying theory
  2. Lobbying in practice
  3. Media
  4. Chapters development
  5. Grassroots Outreach
  6. Grasstops Engagement

After completeing the sixth module, we will go back to the first and repeat. Each module will take approximately 40 minutes and you can join at any stage of this cycle.

The prerequisite is to have attended a welcome meeting (see Upcoming Events) or watched the video ‘An Introduction to CCL for New Members’, which is on this page.

The training is ideal for new volunteers and experienced volunteers who would like a refresher. It is expected that people who have attended their welcome meeting will proceed to this training and then they will be ready to represent CCL Australia in their climate advocacy.

Please register your interest by emailing Bill Shute at bill@ccl.org.au so that you can be sent a meeting invitation with the dates and the meeting link. We are excited to enjoy your company.

CCL Australia chuffed with your support

All of our 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 Chuffed.org. All donations are tax-deductible and can be a one-off donation or made monthly. Whether you want to donate or just want to know more about it, you can check out the website here.

Image by Lily Aika O’Toole

Climate News

Zali Steggal Climate Change Bill update.

On October 18th, Zali Steggall MP tabled a revised draft of her Climate Change Bill to federal parliament. The revisions reflect feedback from the inquiry process and introduce a new, short-term emissions reduction target of 60% by 2030 relative to 2005 levels. In the continuing absence of substantial climate policy from the Federal Government, the revisions provide Australia with an opportunity to adopt a meaningful climate commitment ahead of the COP26 summit. Visit Steggall’s website for more information.

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Citizens’ Climate Lobby Australia acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the Lands where 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.

Edited by Trent Whitehand-Willick