As a community of volunteers across Australia we focus in on key areas that will have the greatest influence on democracy. At Citizens’ Climate Lobby we refer to these as the “5 levers of political will” and they are:
We realise that if we are to effectively reduce emissions in Australia and accelerate the transition to a zero carbon economy, there needs to be government policy in place. Government incentives play a vital role in the speed of change, and we want to do all we can to ensure effective climate policy is implemented. That’s why we engage ourselves in the political process and build relationships with politicians at Federal, State and Local level from every political party:
- We write to MPs.
- Arrange lobby meetings to discuss Australian Climate Dividend and other climate solutions.
- Become liasons with the MP’s office.
- Write submissions to climate and energy legislation bills
- We further our knowledge on climate change issues and solutions to become informed and prepared for lobby meetings.
Media coverage deeply influences public opinion and public understanding of the urgency and extent of climate change, and also effective policies that will be accepted and embraced by the public. The power and influence of media on democracy and the public perception of climate change in Australia is incredibly important. That’s why we are active and involved in a variety of media, as well as utilise media to increase our exposure, media presence and build relationships with members of the media. We do the following:
- Write online articles and blogs.
- Social media – share climate change news and updates, get active in discussions, utilise online marketing and exposure. Post interesting content to attract new members.
- Newspaper and online press – write letters to the editor and opinion editorials.
- Podcast, radio and TV interviews.
- Gain endorsements from members of the media
Democracy at its heart starts with the will of the people – politicians don’t create political will, they respond to it. Engaging with and talking to the public about climate change issues and solutions is a vital step in bringing us closer to the social tipping point of climate change, where a majority of voters understand the severity of the climate crisis. Therefore through grassroots outreach events we seek to educate and engage with citizens about climate change and CCL to communicate and generate political will:
- Tabling (set up CCL stalls at markets, festivals and shopping centres)
- Public speaking (education)
- Organising events for recruitment
- Create or join action team
Non-government entities are also important players in progressing positive change on the climate, such as business and industry leaders, as well as community and faith leaders. Businesses can lead the way on addressing climate change in the absence of government legislation by reducing their carbon footprint and greenhouse gas emissions, as well as looking at supply chains and downstream emissions. Our volunteers engage with and look to gain the support of community, business, and industry leaders. We:
- Write to and meet with business and community leaders.
- Seek their endorsement of Australian Climate Dividend and other climate solutions.
- Challenge them to address their emissions and carbon footprint.
- Educate leaders on climate change issues and solutions.
CCL Australia believes that local action can lead to national results, therefore a big part of what we do is meet up with like-minded individuals in our local area to discuss climate change issues and then plan effective action. When you join CCL Australia, you are placed into a CCL Group based on the Federal House of Representatives electorate for your state or territory e.g. if you live in Randwick in Sydney, you would be placed into the “AUS NSW Kingsford Smith” Group. Each CCL Group does the following:
- Organises Monthly Meetings
- Plans activities together based on CCL’s 5 levers (Lobbying, Media, Grassroots, Grasstops, Group Development)
- Group communication, organisation and mentoring new members
- Group leader training
- Arrange guest speakers for monthly meetings to attract new members, as well as to educate and further knowledge on climate change issues