September Newsletter, 2021 National Conference a resounding success

September Newsletter, 2021 National Conference a resounding success

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

We had a very successful National Conference on Sunday, our seventh and our biggest yet – attended by over 100 people! Here is an extract from my opening address that set the scene for the afternoon: 

We have joined the chorus of groups, corporations and individuals calling for netzero by 2050. We are exactly halfway through our 100 Days of Action campaign that is pushing for a bipartisan, legislated commitment to NZE2050. This is a vital stepping-stone towards a zero-carbon economy. And we are delighted to be hosting one of its most effective proponents today; Zali Stegall MP for Warringah. We know that the UN Climate Conference in Glasgow, now 50 days away, is a big opportunity for Australia to take this step. And our pressing for it to be bipartisan and legislated will be critical for turning ambition into a commitment.

‘Once committed, the path to net-zero will be a huge challenge and it can only be met by thinking big—really big. Sooner or later an Australian government will know that a carbon price will be essential if we are to decarbonise quickly enough to have any chance of a safe climate and a liveable world. They will need something that is big and powerful that can be both popular and unifying.

At CCL we already have that something – our Climate Dividend policy is a big and powerful instrument that is up to the challenge of breaking through roadblocks and bringing emissions down quickly with much less disruption than we are currently facing. At CCL we have spent the past year re-presenting our fee and dividend policy proposal by putting the dividend front and centre. We are revealing the dividend which for too long has been eclipsed by the fee.

‘We are encouraging business and industry to demand a carbon price and we are preparing a campaign that will mobilise many thousands of citizens to demand their dividend. And pressing for a bipartisan legislated net-zero emissions by 2050 target is the vital step that raises the inevitable question – how do we get there? An obvious answer is Climate Dividend!’. 

2021 National Conference a resounding success



Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) Australia’s National Conference, held via zoom on Sunday the 12th of September, attracted the highest number of attendees yet with almost 140 registrations and excellent feedback.

‘Best conference I’ve been to yet’.

‘CCL is going from strength to strength and it is inspiring to be part of it’. 

‘Well done for putting on a highly successful conference’. 


We’d like to give a big thank you to our three keynote speakers – our ‘Net Zero Heroes’ – who were the stars of the show.   

Dylan Storer gave a fascinating perspective of climate change as both a representative of young Australians and also as someone from remote Australia, growing up in Fitzroy Crossing in the Kimberley region of Western Australia.  

Professor Will Steffen from the Climate Council delivered a compelling presentation that incorporated key data from the recent IPCC report. While the data tells a grim story, his view that we are approaching a social tipping point in Australia, regarding action on climate change, was very encouraging.   

Zali Steggall MP shared extremely useful insights into the state of play in federal parliament, in terms of securing a legislated commitment to net-zero by 2050 before the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow – now less than 50 days away. 

Citizens’ Climate Lobby members also ran three informative and practical sessions: 

  • Pam Pitt took us through the utility of social media and how to harness it  
  • Tom Hunt explained the many ways to contribute as a CCL volunteer 
  • Peter Todd presented on how to approach your MP.  

Conference MC Kate Howard, CCL’s new Group Development Team Leader, steered the action-packed agenda seamlessly.  

If you missed the conference, you can view the videos of the keynote speakers below.  



Net Zero by 2050 – 100 Days of Action

Be a Hero for Net Zero

Citizens’ Climate Lobby  Australia’s 100 Days of Action campaign is off and running with more than 1,000 signatures to a Petition to the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister.

Our Campaign comes at a critical time with the release of the IPCC’s latest report and with now less than 50 days until COP26 in Glasgow.

Want to get involved? Here’s how:

  1. Sign our Net Zero by 2050 petition, then share with your family and friends
  2. Email your Federal MP today
  3. Read our Fact Sheets, including “Why ask for net zero by 2050?” and “Sticking points for policy makers on committing to net zero by 2050″. Use these great resources to inform letters to the editor as well as letters and emails to MPs.
  4. Join the Mass Mailout for Climate (for more information, see lobby news below).


Upcoming Events

Australian National Conversation online

Thursday, 16/9. 8 pm NSW, VIC, QLD, ACT, TAS | 730 pm SA, NT | 6 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:

Lobby training courses online

Monday, 20/9. 8 pm – 9 pm NSW, VIC, QLD, ACT, TAS. AEST | 730 pm – 830 pm SA, NT | 6 pm – 7 pm WA.
Thursday, 30/9. 8 pm – 9 pm NSW, VIC, QLD, ACT, TAS. AEST | 730 pm – 830 pm SA, NT | 6 pm – 7 pm WA

Would you like to meet your MP between now and the UN Climate Conference in November? If so, please do these three things:

  1. let Peter Todd know by emailing him at
  2. attend one of the lobbying training courses we are offering (see below)
  3. review the slides Lobbying CCL Style to get a feel for our approach to MP meetings.

This is an opportunity to brush up on your lobbying skills as we head into the next round of lobby meetings. We will start with a presentation of CCL’s lobbying principles and method. This will be followed by a breakout for practising your 20 second introduction. Then we will present the important points to remember about conversing with MP’s before breaking out for a roleplay on MP conversations. To join, click this link:

2021 Annual General Meeting

Sunday, 26/9. 4 pm NSW, VIC, QLD, ACT, TAS. AEST | 3.30 pm SA | 2 pm WA

Do you want to be a formal part of determining the future direction and decision making in CCL Australia? Our Annual General Meeting (AGM) is coming up on Sunday the 26th of September at 4 pm (AEST) via Zoom. It’s not too late to become a financial member with voting rights. Membership is $20. Contact John Gherardi at for a membership application form and more details on the AGM. 
The Board hopes to confirm a special international guest speaker for the AGM in coming days who is a Minister from a government leading on climate change policies. Stay tuned! 

Welcome & intro to CCL online

Monday, 27/9. 8 pm NSW, VIC, QLD, ACT, TAS | 7.30 pm SA, NT | 6 pm WA

A special welcome meeting planned for you, if you’re 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 this global challenge. Join on Zoom via the following link:

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

The Field Report: Lobby News

Mass Mailout for Climate

As part of our 100 Days of Action Campaign, CCL Australia has accepted ADAC’s invitation to join its mass Mass Mailout for Climate. The initiative aims to send over 30,000 letters to Canberra supporting Zali Steggall’s Climate Change Bill and real action at COP26 in Glasglow in November.

We would like to invite you to write your own letter to parliamentarians, expressing your thoughts and feelings regarding the need for government to address the climate crisis, to be posted to a designated Canberra address, by the 8th of October.

All letters received by October 8th will be delivered en masse to the government with as much publicity as possible to further the Climate Act Now program. Climate change needs to be addressed urgently. Help create the political will for a liveable world by uniting your voice alongside thousands of others in organisations just like ours here at CCL.

For more information, to get involved and start writing, click here.

MP Paul Fletcher has mail

As part of our 100 Days of Action campaign, Ian Corless, in Bradfield NSW, is sending 100 reasons for legislating net-zero to his local MP Paul Fletcher. Ian has sent one letter every week since the start of the campaign, and will continue to do so until COP26 in November. Inspiring stuff, Ian! Ian was kind enough to provide us with a copy of some of the letters he has written already. Here’s Ian’s 65th reason:

Billions are pouring into the business of decarbonisation. Australia will increasingly miss out on investment  due to lack of a  NZE 2050 target and plan.

Images by Lily Aika O’Toole

CCL Australia Chuffed With Your Support

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 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

Want to stay on top of climate and energy news? Be sure to check out Jenny Goldie’s most recent “The Climate This Week“ news reports on the politics, economics and science of climate action. You can find them all here.

Featured image: The Singapore CBD. By 2028 15% of the city state’s electricity needs will be met by Australian solar energy via the underwater Australian-ASEAN power Link. Credit: Nicolas Lannuzel (cc). Sourced 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.


Editor: Trent Whitehand-Willick