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Changing Course: Setting an ambitious climate policy agenda through innovative climate initiatives

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Hosted by Australian Communities Foundation
03 November 2023

The impacts of the climate crisis can be seen and felt all around us. As we look to the future, we cannot afford further inaction – bold effort is needed now.  

A meaningful response to the climate crisis requires dramatic shifts in current climate policy to move collectively toward a future rooted in climate justice. 

With rare political stability across state and federal governments, there is an opportunity for Australia to develop ambitious climate solutions. 

Fortunately, there is already a strong foundation to build from, with innovative efforts already underway:  

  • ‘Big Ask’ climate solutions coalition campaign works to achieve greater government support for domestic decarbonisation, builds Australia’s capacity to be a clean energy superpower, and prepares us for quickly worsening climate impacts.
  • Climate Integrity is a new advocacy project tackling greenwashing and driving accountability, standards, and regulation in business net zero pledges.  
  • Australia’s campaign aims to shift Australian politics by building a powerful social movement to finally end the age of coal and gas exports and usher in a new era of climate justice for all. 

Join us at our next Learning Circle to explore: 

  • Three leading climate initiatives you might not have heard about
  • How partnerships and collaborations can be leveraged to empower systemic policy change around climate 
  • How philanthropy can support/collaborate with those working on climate policy solutions to create powerful movements for systemic change. 

Please note: This event will take place online via Zoom at 12.00pm on 3 November.

Event information

Friday 3 November
12:00pm – 1:30pm AEDT

This event will be held online. Registrants will be sent a link on the day to join via Zoom.


Claire has been working at the intersection of climate change, public opinion, and politics for over 15 years. During the last federal election campaign, she was part of the start-up team for Climate 200 and then their Head of Communications and Research, helping to raise $13m and supporting the election of six new pro-climate independents. Nicky helped start up the Climate Council in 2013, leading their fundraising, engagement, and community teams and helping to build one of Australia’s leading climate organisations.

Natasha is the founder and CEO of Ethicol, and has 20 years of experience in program and policy evaluation. She works with government and non-profit clients to inform evidence-based practices and policies to enhance the quality of life for Australians. Natasha has worked in Federal and State governments and was the lead partner for the Health and Social Policy Practice in Deloitte Access Economics.

Kelly Albion, Campaigns Director,

Kelly Albion is the Campaigns Director at 350 Australia. They joined in 2019 with a fire in their belly to take on fossil fuel corporations and a burning passion for people power. Previously, they were building a generation-wide movement to solve the climate crisis at the Australian Youth Climate Coalition in various roles, including campaigns, communications, schools, and supporting the work of Seed Indigenous Youth Climate Network. 


This session is open to Australian Communities Foundation fundholders and our friends in the philanthropy sector. Contact us to register.

This event is held in partnership with the Australian Environmental Grantmakers Network.