10 Things you can do for the climate
- Move your money! Choose a bank, super fund and investments
which don’t fund fossil fuel projects. There are clean alternatives! To maximise your impact be sure to let your financial institutions know why you're switching and join in on one of our Divestment Day events if you can. Take this a step further by starting a campaign to divest an institution such as your local council, church or university. For more information on where your bank and super fund stand, and resources for making the switch, see Market Forces, Superswitch, Fossil Free.
- Get energy efficient! There are so many ways to
reduce carbon emissions at home and work right now: switch to LED lightbulbs, adjust
the thermostat on your hot water (and air-con if you use it), turn
appliances off at the power point, get the most efficient appliances, reduce hot
water use with shorter showers and washing laundry in cold water, sealing
draughts and improving insulation. If you’re building a house, look
into designs to reduce your energy needs. If you own an older home, Energy Freedom is a plan to retrofit any Australian home.
- Go solar – at home and beyond! Solar panels not
only significantly reduce your carbon emissions, but also reduce your
power bills. Talk to your school, church, sports club or other community
group about installing solar panels.
CCCAG are partnering with CORENA (Citizens Own Renewable Energy
to provide interest-free loans for non-profit community organisations to
install solar – contact them or us to find out more! Also check out our own exciting community energy project Repower Coffs.
- Move clean! Walk, ride, carpool or catch public transport
whenever you can. If cycling or public transport options aren’t good
enough in your area, let your Council and local politicians know. For longer journeys, we would love High Speed Rail for the east coast! And the electric
car revolution is just around the corner...
- Eat clean! Choose locally sourced food whenever you can
– grow your own, get involved in Coffs Community Gardens, shop at your local
Growers markets. Reduce food miles while also supporting the local
economy. Cut down on emissions-intensive meat such as beef and lamb.
- Have a conversation! With so much misinformation
coming from the media and political leaders, it is up to us to talk to our
friends, family, neighbours and colleagues about climate change and what
we can all do. If you need some tips on talking to your skeptical Uncle Bob, check out this helpful video. The Climate Council also have some communication tools - but you do not need to be an expert!
- Spread some Climate Reality: Organise a presentation for your school, workplace or community group, by Sarah Wood from CCCAG. Sarah has been trained by Al Gore as part of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps. She can tailor a presentation to suit your group, providing climate facts, local impacts and ways to be involved in solutions. Get in touch with us to find out more.
- Tell the pollies! Write or call your local Member of Parliament to tell them you support renewable energy, not coal and gas. Australia could be a global leader in clean energy, with sustainable jobs for all. We need a strong plan to get to zero emissions and beyond. Our political representatives need to hear this from us at every opportunity. Federal Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker: 6652 6233; firstname.lastname@example.org; State member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser: 6652 6500: email@example.com
- Donate! You can donate to CCCAG at our market stalls, meetings or events. We also encourage you to donate to CORENA to help fast track Australia’s renewable energy revolution.
- Get active! We need a broad-based people-powered movement for a full and fast transformation to zero emissions and beyond. Let’s get together and build it! Read more about CCCAG here. Come along to a planning meeting on the first and third Thursday of each month, 5pm, Anglican Church meeting room, McLean Street, Coffs Harbour. Or contact us to talk about how you can be a part of it.