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We’re a team of citizens who are concerned about climate change and want to take action on it at a grassroots level. We are a diverse bunch from all walks of life; from the inner city to rural areas, young and old, and from many professions, who see the impacts of climate change in our lives already in different ways.
Our aim and what we do:
We aim to advance policies that prevent climate change from getting worse and also that prepare us for climate change adaptation. We want to support communities by helping them build resilience to impacts that are already locked in and protecting them from climate change emergencies.
Through community organising, political action and media presence, this campaign will build and demonstrate strong public support for climate change action. We aim to empower communities to win local campaigns that advance climate change policies for the state of Victoria. This will build a strong and diverse pro-climate-action constituency that governments cant ignore.
Our progress so far:
The campaign is already kicking goals in Victoria, with a team of people old and new to the climate action movement excited to get to work. Just weeks old, in February our campaign targeted key politicians whose votes were needed to pass the Victorian Climate Change Act in parliament. Strategic media targeting, public demonstrations and meetings with these MPs saw us secure the extra votes needed, and the Act passed through Parliament in a huge win for climate action!
We’re now getting organised to secure a big boost for climate funding of at least $100 million for VIctoria. We’re also in the process of creating a people climate strategy. We’re looking for people from all walks of life to participate – First Nations people, unionists, and more. We want to hand a strategy to the Andrews government that’s been put together by a big and diverse group of Victorian community members, who all want strong action on climate.
Thanks to the incredible efforts of those participating in the People’s Climate Strategy working groups, we’ve managed to gain well over 600 responses to our community survey on climate impacts. This is a tremendous outcome given that we had to rely entirely on digital survey collection. Also, by working with communities in Inverloch and Apollo Bay, we helped sound the alarm about the impact of rising sea levels and intensifying storm surges on coastal Victoria. The Andrews government allocated $11 million to support local responses after the community advocacy on the issue.
As Act on Climate grows, we will be able to achieve more successes and wins. (sourced from https://web.archive.org/web/20210411061000/https://www.actonclimate.org.au/about 6/11/2021)