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  • rsvped for Welcome Call Evening April 2024 2024-02-27 16:41:08 +1100

    Welcome Call Evening April 2024

    New to Parents For Climate Action? Or already part of our community but want to know more about what we do and how you can be involved?

    JOIN US: Please register for this Zoom session (you will receive access details after RSVP has been processed).

    This is an interactive session where we'll give you an overview of Parents For Climate Action and answer any questions you have.

    We look forward to meeting you virtually and working together for a safe climate for our kids!

    WHEN
    April 23, 2024 at 8:00pm
    WHERE
    Online
    Via Zoom
    Google map and directions
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  • published Heatsafe Communities 2024-01-24 16:39:12 +1100

    Heatsafe Communities

    Heatwaves are dangerous for everyone, but especially our kids and other vulnerable members of our society - older people, people with disabilities or medical conditions, babies and young children, pregnant women and those who can’t keep their houses cool. 

    We know that record temperatures and heatwaves are made worse by the burning of coal and gas, and that we need long-term solutions. 

    And we'll keep pushing decision makers to support all Australian homes and schools to become climate safe and to take action on climate change.

    But climate impacts are here now, and we need to look out for each other.

     

    Preparing for a Heatwave

     

     

     

     

     

    Tips for keeping cool and safe

     

     

     

    Share #heatsafe tips on social media

    • You can download these tiles here or simply share this Facebook post with friends and family 


    Tips that can save you money!

     

     

     


    Checking in on your friends, family and neighbours


    One of the most important Red Cross tips for heatwave preparation is to get connected: “Keep in touch with friends, neighbours and relatives, particularly if they're unwell or isolated.”

    Because connected communities are more resilient communities, and even having a handful of neighbours looking out for each other makes our immediate communities safer.

     

     

     

    Remember, if you or someone you know is feeling unwell, contact a GP and in emergency situations call 000 immediately 

     


  • We stand with First Nations families and communities

    This week (and every week) we stand in solidarity with First Nations families and invite you to do the same.

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  • The Australian Climate Movement Supports Writing Yes to The Voice

    Parents for Climate supports The Uluru Statement from the Heart and constitutional recognition for First Nations people. Our statement of support can be read here. We have also joined with over 40 climate organisations and groups representing a movement of over two million Australians whose commitment to a healthy climate and thriving environment is rooted in the values of justice, equality and fairness have signed a public letter supporting YES to the Voice. You can read the letter here

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  • We support the Voice referendum and the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

    Australian Parents for Climate Action gratefully and humbly accepts the generous invitation extended by First Nations people in the Uluru Statement From The Heart to walk together in a movement of the Australian people for a better future.

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  • Standing for First Nations justice

    It is National Reconciliation week (May 27th - 3 June) and we acknowledge that Australian Parents for Climate Action operates on the unceded lands of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

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  • Our Mothers' Day Card for You

    Happy Mother’s day to all the awesome Mothers, grandmothers, carers and mother figures in our community. This is our Mother’s Day card to you, with self-care resources and tips to nourish yourself.

    And if you aren't a mother yourself, please share this with a mum you appreciate.

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  • published Our partners in About 2023-05-09 15:27:35 +1000

    Our partners

    Why partnerships matter

    Partnerships enable us to combine our strengths with like-minded organisations in pursuing our mission. As a largely volunteer led, registered charity the support of our partners is crucial in building our strength and the long term resilience of Parents for Climate.

    Our strategic partners

    We are proud to partner and work in coalition with the following organisations to create a safer climate for our kids. Working together we are stronger and our impacts greater.

       
         


    Fundraising partnerships

    We are proud to partner with the following businesses and organisations who provide financial and in-kind support to Parents for Climate and who are engaged in creating a more sustainable future for all. 

     

       As a 1% for the Planet Environmental Partner Parents for Climate is eligible to receive donations from 1% for the Planet members, on behalf of their annual 1% commitment.
     
    Acacia is on a mission to activate the energy and financial sectors as positive forces in our climate challenge. 
    Acacia provides real-time financial and climate performance insights for your home energy and financial providers, allowing you to see how they stack up against the market. 
    And they make it easy to move to providers that are doing the right thing by you and the planet.
    And if you are looking for other ways to improve your climate impact and save money Acacia can also connect you with solar and battery solutions.
    It’s a powerful way to take climate action, while looking after your back pocket. JOIN TODAY!

     

     


  • It’s not easy being a parent in a climate crisis

    Whilst the release of the latest (and last for a while) IPCC report this week didn’t necessarily give us new information, it has certainly brought up a range of emotions for parents, grandparents and carers in our community. It's a time to remember we are all in this together and that we all need to take care of ourselves along the way. 

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  • published Helen's Drought Story in Articles and media releases 2023-03-22 14:43:08 +1100

    Helen's Drought Story

    My story of living through droughts and taking action on climate change has recently been published in the the compilation “My Drought Story”. This has been made possible by the Rural Leadership Foundation Drought Resilience Leadership Course and the Rural Adversity Mental Health Program.

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  • We stand with First Nations families and communities

    This week (and every week) we stand in solidarity with First Nations families and invite you to do the same.

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  • Give the gift of Climate Action this Christmas

    What do you give to someone who has everything they need, except the one thing they care most about?

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  • Double your impact for World Children's Day

    For a safe, healthy life for the kids we love, Marie and her family will match the first $1,000 of all donations to Australian Parents for Climate Action in honour of World Children's Day!

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  • Climate action is the best birthday present - just ask Hannah!

    Mum of 2, Hannah is one of our dedicated local action group leaders.  Hannah also recently celebrated a special birthday. When we announced the #4TheLoveOfOurKids Appeal Hannah knew immediately what she wanted for her birthday - donations in support of climate action.

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  • Meet Our Climate Champions who are stepping up #4TheLoveOfOurKids

    Australian Parents for Climate Action is powered by parents, grandparents and those who care about a safe climate for our kids - we need your support to scale up our impact. Read on to find out how…

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  • published #4TheLoveOfOurKids Appeal in Articles and media releases 2022-10-26 15:53:29 +1100

    For the Love of Our Kids: Help us power up parent led climate action

    Between now and the end of the year we are embarking on an awesome mission! We’re excited to announce that Australian Parents for Climate Action is launching the #4TheLoveOfOurKids Appeal.



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  • published About us in About 2022-08-15 11:56:12 +1000

    Our Story

    We are Australia’s leading climate advocacy organisation for parents, carers, families and all who care about a safe future for kids. We educate and empower our supporters to make the climate safer for every child.  Founded in 2019 by six regional, rural and urban mums in four states and territories, we've grown rapidly to fill a critical gap in the climate movement. We are a parent organisation, run by parents for parents

     

     

     

    Our mission

    We’re on a mission to empower millions of Australian parents to champion climate action within their communities, the media, business and politicians.

     

     

    Our vision

    A safe climate for our kids to thrive

     

     



    Our community

    Locally active and nationally connected. With over 20,000 supporters, and local groups in every state and territory, we represent families from across the political spectrum, in every Australian electorate, and from diverse socio-economic backgrounds.

     

     


     

     

    Our approach

    We are proudly non-partisan, solutions focused and we create inclusive, collaborative and safe spaces for parents to be empowered as climate advocates. Our political independence and relationship-building approach gives us the power to engage with all sides to build long-term cross-partisan support for climate solutions. 

    We have established ourselves as the first point of entry for parents new to climate action, as well as the home of thousands of seasoned parent-advocates - many of whom started their journey with us. We make climate action possible and attractive for millions of parents who are too busy or hesitant to join other climate groups. 


    Our Unique Role: The Power of Parents

    Parents are innately motivated to support issues in our children’s interest and we make decisions now to look after our children’s future. It’s our job.

    However, currently only a quarter of parents in Australia are already engaged in supporting climate action. A further quarter - around 1.68 million families - are concerned about climate change, but not active on the issue. Engaging this huge number of parents can shift the balance towards greater public support for climate action.

     

    We empower parents to act.

    Parents face particular challenges in expressing their concerns and being represented in decision making. Obstacles include a limited time to act, competing issue priorities, a lack of opportunities to engage, and a lack of support to engage whilst managing all of their existing responsibilities.

    Parents for Climate specialises in activating disengaged and disenfranchised parents by helping them overcome these barriers to action. And by growing the number of connected and engaged parents in strategic locations, we can build targeted pressure on elected representatives in state and federal parliaments. 

     

     
    Our impact record

    • Our Solar Our Schools campaign helped secure over $70M in funding for solar and batteries in schools across NSW, TAS and WA since 2020. 
    • We secured the commitment of more than 135 federal election candidates from 20 different political parties and independents, including 22 elected representatives from both major parties and the crossbench, for our Solar Our Schools policy proposal. 
    • Our local groups held 85 meetings with candidates ahead of the federal election, including 50 meetings in marginal electorates, to discuss Solar Our Schools.
    • Our local action groups engaged thousands across 45 events in the lead up to the federal election to raise the importance of climate action with communities and candidates.
    • We helped make climate a top priority for communities in our focus electorates, as demonstrated by a strong swing to parties with stronger climate policies.
    • Our parent spokespeople and campaign moments featured in over 100 media hits ahead of the 2022 federal election campaign.
    • State and federal politicians from both major parties have asked us to keep up our work, as it helps support them to push their parties for stronger climate policies.

     

     

    Our values

    All families, people and cultures belong in our organisation. We welcome everyone who cares about kids’ well-being. We value diversity of membership and views.

    • We use our limited time effectively and make work sustainable by supporting and nurturing each other and ourselves.
    • We are stronger together as a team, supporting each other with trust, kindness and respect. Every individual has an important contribution to make and celebrate.
    • We are family-centred. We make participation easy for everyone by understanding and accommodating people and their families.
    • We are strategic and use results to inform our actions and increase our impact.
    • We have a strong culture of respect, inclusivity and care

     


    Who we are

    Parents for Climate is a nationally registered charity. Our charitable purpose is the protection and enhancement of the natural environment and the provision of information and education about the natural environment, particularly in relation to climate change.

    Our core team of staff, Board and volunteers work remotely. However, we are locally active and nationally connected with over 17,000 supporters, and local groups in every state and territory. We represent families from across the political spectrum, in every Australian electorate, and from diverse socio-economic backgrounds.

    Additional information on our governance and charitable status can be found here

    ABN 19637293746

    We are Australia’s most respected climate advocacy organisation for parents and families. 

    Please consider making a donation to support our mission.

    YES! I'll donate here today.





  • published Our culture & group rules in About 2022-07-22 12:12:17 +1000

    Our culture & group rules

    Welcome to Parents for Climate!

    Our online and in-person groups exist to make climate action safe, inclusive and accessible for families across Australia.

     

    Our culture

    In joining our amazing network of parents, grandparents, teachers and allies please be aware that we are guided by the following principles. We are:
    • Respectful
    • Inclusive
    • Kind
    • Collaborative
    • Solutions focused
    • Non-partisan
    • United by our shared vision for a safer future for our kids
    You can find more info about our campaigns on our website and join our mailing list there, or join one of our local groups.


    Group Rules

    To ensure this is a safe, inclusive, proactive and family friendly space we ask that all group members abide by the following guidelines when representing Australian Parents for Climate Action, posting content or commenting on posts.

    1. Respect others. This includes post authors, those who comment, and group moderators. Abusive, defamatory or hateful comments (e.g. based on religion, culture, appearance, sexual orientation, gender, age, ableism, political beliefs, etc.) will not be tolerated.
    2. Be kind. It’s ok to respectfully critique other people’s ideas on climate action but please do so kindly. Personal attacks, bullying or comments that incite violence won’t be tolerated. Please remember the critique of an idea does not always equate to a personal attack. Let’s be supportive and encourage each other constructively for a safer climate.
    3. Share your climate actions, events and successes - we encourage people to use the group to help coordinate ideas for climate actions that are in line with our ethos, which is kind, inclusive and respectful. Let’s collaborate and celebrate each other's successes.
    4. No advertising or spam - this includes political promotion / advertising. If you have a business initiative or research that you think is highly relevant to our group, please message our page to check if it's OK to post. Repeated posts on the same topic without thoughtful commentary, or sharing the same article multiple times will be regarded as spam. Please comment under previous posts instead of reposting - this creates better community engagement.
    5. Keep it relevant and constructive - posts should be climate related and solutions focused. When sharing a link, please include a line or two highlighting what the link is about and its relevance to climate action or climate justice.
    6. No climate denialism, or doomism - It’s not helpful, constructive or representative of scientific conclusions. Posts and comments will be deleted.
    7. Find common ground, don’t spark division - the purpose of the group is to build a strong network of parent advocates from diverse backgrounds and levels of experience. Posts should not be an attack on personal actions, commitments and lifestyle choices e.g. on diet, modes of travel and protest actions. We will not tolerate division and disrespectful engagement in this group. If we deem a post / comment as seeking to divide the group by making members feel right / wrong, good / bad, better / worse we will intervene to ensure we are building a community space where everyone feels valued and safe to participate.

    When participating, ask yourself if your contributions will help build a positive and respectful opportunity for group members to support each other, whilst respecting the diversity of views and experiences of climate action and climate change.


    Moderation in our online group

    Our fabulous team of volunteer Moderators do a great service overseeing our national online group.


    Procedure for rule violations:
    1. Moderators will review the material and make a judgment.
    2. Material may be removed.
    3. Individuals responsible may be warned and/or banned immediately.

    If you have concerns
    Please report to admin any activity you believe breaches the above guidelines. If a post or comment concerns you, right click it and report it for moderation. If you have further concerns, please send a message to [email protected] or via our official Facebook page not to the moderators personally.

Parents for Climate meet and work on the lands of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people and respect that sovereignty of those lands was never ceded. We pay respect to Elders, past and present and emerging, and acknowledge the pivotal role that Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people continue to play within the Australian community.