pledge an action
How to pledge an action
- Read through the list of suggested actions below and pick one (or more) that you would like to do. You are also welcome to do something that is not on the list. There are virtually endless things you can do, and we don’t have a monopoly on good ideas!
- Click on this link. The link will take you to a post with only a comments section in it.
- Leave a comment stating: a)which rider you are pledging on behalf of and b)what action you plan to do. Once you have done the action, respond to your original comment stating that you have done it. Feel free to add any thoughts you have about doing your action, as it may inspire others.
list of suggested actions
Host a Climate For Change conversation
Climate for change is a Melbourne-based not for profit that helps people to talk about climate change in a constructive way with their friends, family, workmates etc. The conversations are facilitated by a trained volunteer and run for about 2.5 hours. As a host you’ll just need to invite 8-12 friends and/or family over for a light meal and the facilitator will take care of the rest. Nathan, one of the Climate Cycle riders, is an experienced facilitator and will be able to help you to host your climate conversation. If you pledge this action, you can leave your details via the contact page and Nathan will get in touch with you. Alternatively, you can find out more information and sign-up to be connected with one of over 100 trained facilitators in Melbourne and Brisbane here.
Engage in peaceful civil disobedience and protest
History has proven civil disobedience and sustained protest to be effective ways of creating paradigmatic change within society. If enough people say ‘enough,’ and refuse to participate in a system, or peacefully disrupt that system, then it will inevitably grind to a halt, and leaders will have no choice but to make concessions to the protesters.
We saw this in the civil rights movement. We saw this in the fight for Indian independence from British rule. We saw this in the UK in 2019 when the activist group Extinction Rebellion peacefully blocked major intersections in London for ten days. Many arrests were made, but nobody was injured, and shortly afterwards the UK government officially declared a climate emergency, the first national government to do so.
Extinction Rebellion is a non-violent, welcoming and decentralised movement, with many chapters in Australia. It’s easy to get involved, no matter who you are or how much time you have. You could even start by signing up to their newsletter. But if this isn’t your bag, you could….
Join a local climate action group
Local climate action networks/groups (CAN) have power in numbers and can be grassroots source of collective action. If you’re wanting your actions to have more impact then find your local CAN and say that you’re interested in attending their next meeting.
Find my local climate climate action group (Victoria)
Write a letter to your MP
Writing a letter to your MP can be as simple as stating how much climate change means to you. People who have worked in local MP offices say that letters are taken seriously and a local government rule of thumb states that every letter represents the opinion of at least 24 other voters in the constituent.
Even if your MP ignores your letter, writing it can serve as a gateway to further action. It’s an easy way to start, if you’re not sure what to do. Writing also helps you figure out what you think and feel about the climate crisis, and can serve as a philosophical or emotional foundation for the journey ahead.
For a comprehensive guide to writing to your MP, check out Climate for Change’s letter writing tips page. This includes instructions on how to send letters, who to send them to and example letters written to MPs at the state and federal level. Sending a letter is great but for biggest impact here are some tips for following up that letter.
If this isn’t enough, you could try to…
Meet your MP
Walk into your MP’s office and say these words to the receptionist: I want to talk to (MP’s name) about the climate crisis. When can I meet him/her? Some MPs are happy to sit down and chat. Others may not be so forthcoming. But you won’t know until you ask. The point is, you’re taking up their time and resources, and bringing their attention to this issue, and indicating that it’s a priority for you. Some political parties have policies that say that if a certain number of people raise an issue with them, then it must be put on the party meeting agenda.
Host an “Australia Remade” conversation
A24, otherwise known as Australia Remade, is not specifically a climate related group, but action on climate change is one of their pillars. They have released a ‘vision’ of Australian society, based on interviews with a broad range of Australians. It’s a blueprint for a better Australia, and it’s sure to spark discussion about our shared values and needs. They have resources for hosting a formal conversation about this with your friends or family.
Read a Breakthrough report
Reading isn’t very ‘actiony,’ but as the saying goes: “knowledge is power.” Being well informed can make you a much more effective advocate for change. Breakthrough ( The National Centre for Climate Restoration) is an independent think-tank leading critical thought in the national climate debate. They have produced a series of reports and blue-prints for keeping our climate safe. Browse the free reports here.
Read a book
Same as above. Here are some suggested titles. Note: CC2C does not endorse all views expressed in this literature…but it will get you thinking!
Doughnut economics: seven ways to think like a 21st-century economist—Kate Raworth
Big Coal: Australia’s dirtiest habit—Pearse, Mcknight, Burton
Out of the wreckage: a new politics for an age of crisis—George Monbiot
Drawdown: the most comprehensive plan ever proposed to reverse global warming—Paul Hawken
No is not enough: defeating the new shock politics—Naomi Klein
Rules for revolutionaries: how big organising can change everything—Becky Bond, Zack Exley
Adani and the war over coal—Quentin Beresford
Divest from your bank
If you currently bank with one of the big four banks, your savings are being used to finance fossil fuel projects. There are many alternative financial institutions in Australia that do not do this. Check out this guide from Market Forces for divesting from your bank.
Disclaimer: this is not financial advice.
Divest your super
Most super funds in Australia invest in fossil fuel companies. Depending on your age/income, you may have many thousands of dollars in super that is going towards climate-destroying activities. Check out this guide from Market Forces for divesting your super.
Disclaimer: this is not financial advice.
Keep up to date with climate news
It’s hard enough to keep up with Australian politics but relevant climate news involves extreme weather, new science results, and business and community action. Climate for Change have done the hard work and condensed each fortnight’s climate news into a email newsletter. If you sign up to one newsletter for your climate news, this should be it.
Carry an inflatable elephant everywhere you go for week
One of the Climate Cycle’s riders did this for three weeks last year. People will inevitably ask: what’s with the elephant? You can answer: it is the elephant in the room, the climate crisis. This will start a conversation. It may brief and fruitless, or it may be longer and constructive. The point is, you’re talking to people about it. You’re reaching out to others and creating a social norm around caring about the climate crisis.