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We achieve so much more when we work together for a better future. There are local, national and international organisations all across the country, bringing people together to create change.

Talk climate change

Talking about climate change is really important. Most Australians (4 out of 5) are very concerned about climate change. However, few of us are talking to our friends, family or colleagues about it. This means fewer of us are prioritising the issue or feeling it is important to help tackle the challenges.

We often don’t feel confident discussing the science or we think it is a bit of a ‘downer’ in a conversation, or might make people think we are ‘tree huggers’. The people who care about you, though, are going to care about how you are feeling about our changing environment. They will be interested in your ideas or fears about the future.

Most people are interested in hearing about new inventions and ways of doing things that save money, give us cleaner air and water, and a better quality of life. Innovations tackling climate change are great to talk about.

Climate Strike 20 September 2019
Tens of thousands of people, led by school kids, attend the Climate Strike in the Domain in Sydney on 20 September 2019. The rally was part of a global movement ahead of UN climate talks later that month. Image: Abram Powell
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Stay informed

Rebecca Huntley has written How to Talk About Climate Change in a way that makes a difference – a captivating read and a great source of ideas. Another inspiring and useful read is The Future We Choose, by Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac. And of course, Damon Gameau’s 2040 film, book and the 2040 Regeneration website are hugely important for providing ways we can all support the solutions that are there, already available, to build a safer, cleaner and fairer future.

A great thing to do is to join one of the many groups out there advancing care of the environment and action on climate change. There are groups addressing particular issues, and climate action groups for people of specific professions, religions, ages, places, cultural backgrounds. Browse through at Climate Action Network Australia.

The Australian Museum's Spark temporary showcase focuses on the solutions we have for the climate crisis, and the permanent Changing Climate exhibition further explores what the climate crisis is, and the impacts it has on our lives and the world around us. Plan your visit to the Australian Museum to find out more.