Climate Change Conversations


Climate Change Conversations is a space for informal exchange of knowledge and resources between community groups and individuals involved in climate change action across Victoria.

You can keep up to date with the latest news on Victorian climate change policy development, grants, new tools and resources to help you with your climate change activities, watch video case studies of inspiring community projects and share your stories to encourage others.

This site will be developed further based on your use and feedback so get involved, participate in discussions and share your climate change stories and resources.

We'd love to hear about all the great work Victorian communities are doing to take action on climate change.



Climate Change Conversations is a space for informal exchange of knowledge and resources between community groups and individuals involved in climate change action across Victoria.

You can keep up to date with the latest news on Victorian climate change policy development, grants, new tools and resources to help you with your climate change activities, watch video case studies of inspiring community projects and share your stories to encourage others.

This site will be developed further based on your use and feedback so get involved, participate in discussions and share your climate change stories and resources.

We'd love to hear about all the great work Victorian communities are doing to take action on climate change.


Latest news

  • TAKE2 Victoria's Climate Change Pledge Program

    about 1 month ago
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    TAKE2 is Victoria’s collective pledge initiative to take action on climate change to help Victoria reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

    To reach our target, and for Victoria to play its part on the global stage, we need to act together.

    TAKE2 enables all Victorians - businesses, local councils, community and educational organisations and individuals - to be part of Victoria’s action on climate change, and contribute to the first Victorian state-wide interim emissions reduction target for 2020.

    We are calling on all Victorians to TAKE2 steps:

    1. Right now: take the universal pledge Working together, we pledge... Continue reading

    TAKE2 is Victoria’s collective pledge initiative to take action on climate change to help Victoria reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

    To reach our target, and for Victoria to play its part on the global stage, we need to act together.

    TAKE2 enables all Victorians - businesses, local councils, community and educational organisations and individuals - to be part of Victoria’s action on climate change, and contribute to the first Victorian state-wide interim emissions reduction target for 2020.

    We are calling on all Victorians to TAKE2 steps:

    1. Right now: take the universal pledge Working together, we pledge to play our part and take action on climate change for Victoria, our country and our planet” and register to be part of Victoria’s action on climate change at www.take2.vic.gov.au

    2. In August: share the actions you are taking to help meet Victoria's universal pledge.

    TAKE2 is about collective action so we encourage you to share your pledge across your social networks through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or LinkedIn.

    See Stories for more details.


  • Climate Change Masterclasses for Community Groups

    2 months ago
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    As part of the Victorian Government’s commitment to assist Victoria’s community groups to engage on climate change, Sustainability Victoria are holding 5 Masterclasses across regional Victoria.

    This is a unique opportunity for community groups and members to further develop their skills in community engagement on climate change. At these half day sessions you will review current community engagement activities, be introduced to fresh ideas to reinvigorate your group and help build your skills in having a climate change conversation. Choose the date and location that works best for you and register using the invitation.

    Masterclass event dates and locations:

    ... Continue reading

    As part of the Victorian Government’s commitment to assist Victoria’s community groups to engage on climate change, Sustainability Victoria are holding 5 Masterclasses across regional Victoria.

    This is a unique opportunity for community groups and members to further develop their skills in community engagement on climate change. At these half day sessions you will review current community engagement activities, be introduced to fresh ideas to reinvigorate your group and help build your skills in having a climate change conversation. Choose the date and location that works best for you and register using the invitation.

    Masterclass event dates and locations:

    Benalla Wednesday 8th June 5.30 – 9.30 pm
    Raffertys Restaurant
    55 Nunn Street Benalla

    Morwell Sunday 26th June 1.30 - 5.30pm
    Coal Valley Motor Inn
    141 Princess Drive Morwell

    Bendigo Wednesday 29th June 5.30 – 9.30 pm
    The Capital, Banquet Room
    50 View Street Bendigo

    Horsham Sunday 3rd July 1.30 - 5.30 pm
    Best Westlander Motor Inn
    100 Stawell Road Horsham

    Geelong Sunday 10th July 1.30 - 5.30 pm
    Geelong Conference Centre
    Adams Ct, Eastern Park Circuit, Geelong


  • Talking climate change with your community

    2 months ago
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    If you are looking for inspirational ways to engage your community in climate change or thinking about a new project. Check out the six videos and case studies for ideas, guidance and great tips for community groups.

    “Taking control of how you generate your energy locally is a really inspiring and strengthening activity for the community to do.” Taryn Lane, Hepburn Wind

    "Climate change can be difficult to talk about with people but talking about growing food makes it easier to have the... Continue reading

    If you are looking for inspirational ways to engage your community in climate change or thinking about a new project. Check out the six videos and case studies for ideas, guidance and great tips for community groups.

    “Taking control of how you generate your energy locally is a really inspiring and strengthening activity for the community to do.” Taryn Lane, Hepburn Wind

    "Climate change can be difficult to talk about with people but talking about growing food makes it easier to have the conversation: Where it comes from, how it’s used, how it’s grown… all those have climate connections." Gill Freeman, Grow Lightly


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  • More than 30 recommended changes to Victoria’s Climate Change Act

    4 months ago
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    Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water, Lisa Neville recently tabled the findings of the Independent Review of the Climate Change Act 2010 in parliament.

    The Independent Review Committee detailed 33 recommendations on how the Act can be strengthened, including a five-year Climate Change Strategy and improved decision making across government to best prepare Victoria for a low carbon economy.

    Over 100 individual submissions were received, along with more than 1550 campaign submissions. View the Independent Review of the Climate Change Act 2010 full report at www.delwp.vic.gov.au/climate-change-act

    Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water, Lisa Neville recently tabled the findings of the Independent Review of the Climate Change Act 2010 in parliament.

    The Independent Review Committee detailed 33 recommendations on how the Act can be strengthened, including a five-year Climate Change Strategy and improved decision making across government to best prepare Victoria for a low carbon economy.

    Over 100 individual submissions were received, along with more than 1550 campaign submissions. View the Independent Review of the Climate Change Act 2010 full report at www.delwp.vic.gov.au/climate-change-act

  • New resource for visual climate change communication

    6 months ago
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    Climate visuals is a cutting edge new website to support communicators to tell a better visual story about climate change. Based on international social research, the website centres on seven key principles for visually communicating climate change. It contains a growing, interactive library of images to provide inspiration and guidance for journalists, campaigners, bloggers and anyone else using imagery to communicate about climate change.

    You can also download the climate visuals research report here http://climateoutreach.org/resources/visual-climate-change-communication/

    Climate visuals is a cutting edge new website to support communicators to tell a better visual story about climate change. Based on international social research, the website centres on seven key principles for visually communicating climate change. It contains a growing, interactive library of images to provide inspiration and guidance for journalists, campaigners, bloggers and anyone else using imagery to communicate about climate change.

    You can also download the climate visuals research report here http://climateoutreach.org/resources/visual-climate-change-communication/

  • Have your say on Victoria's Climate Change Framework

    6 months ago
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    The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) is building a framework for climate change action in Victoria and want to hear from you about the challenges and opportunities for climate change action, your vision for a thriving and resilient future for Victoria, and how government can work with you to get us there.

    To participate in the online consultation for the framework visit http://participate.sustainability.vic.gov.au/climate-change-framework and join a discussion forum on the seven themes for action or post your ideas to advance a climate ready Victoria. Online consultation closes on 29 Febraury 2016.


    The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) is building a framework for climate change action in Victoria and want to hear from you about the challenges and opportunities for climate change action, your vision for a thriving and resilient future for Victoria, and how government can work with you to get us there.

    To participate in the online consultation for the framework visit http://participate.sustainability.vic.gov.au/climate-change-framework and join a discussion forum on the seven themes for action or post your ideas to advance a climate ready Victoria. Online consultation closes on 29 Febraury 2016.


  • Latest science on the Victorian climate

    6 months ago
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    The Victorian Government recently launched a new Climate Change and Victoria website. The website aims to help Victorians reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to the effects of climate change.

    The website also hosts the latest science on the Victorian climate and projected climate change in the form of Climate Ready brochures for each region across Victoria. The brochures explain the likely effects of climate change and what communities need to do, and what they are doing, to adapt to a changing climate. Check out the new website and Climate Ready brochures here http://www.climatechange.vic.gov.au/understand



    The Victorian Government recently launched a new Climate Change and Victoria website. The website aims to help Victorians reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to the effects of climate change.

    The website also hosts the latest science on the Victorian climate and projected climate change in the form of Climate Ready brochures for each region across Victoria. The brochures explain the likely effects of climate change and what communities need to do, and what they are doing, to adapt to a changing climate. Check out the new website and Climate Ready brochures here http://www.climatechange.vic.gov.au/understand



  • New Energy Jobs Fund

    7 months ago
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    The Victorian Government's $20 million New Energy Jobs Fund will support Victorian-based projects that create long-term sustainable jobs, increase the uptake of renewable energy generation, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and drive innovation in new energy technologies.

    Funding to support new energy technology projects will be available through three annual grant rounds.

    Up to $5 million is available for round one which will close on 16 March 2016. The second and third grant rounds are expected to open in the second half of 2016 and 2017. For more information go to http://www.business.vic.gov.au/support-for-your-business/future-industries/new-energy-technologies

    The Victorian Government's $20 million New Energy Jobs Fund will support Victorian-based projects that create long-term sustainable jobs, increase the uptake of renewable energy generation, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and drive innovation in new energy technologies.

    Funding to support new energy technology projects will be available through three annual grant rounds.

    Up to $5 million is available for round one which will close on 16 March 2016. The second and third grant rounds are expected to open in the second half of 2016 and 2017. For more information go to http://www.business.vic.gov.au/support-for-your-business/future-industries/new-energy-technologies

  • Your community conversations were shared in Paris

    8 months ago
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    Sustainability Victoria's CEO, Stan Krpan, shared your priorities from the regional Climate Change Community Conversations at the Spotlight on Australia event at the United Nations conference on climate change COP21 in Paris last week.

    One of the strongest themes Stan took away from the summit is the importance of community engagement. Read more about what Stan saw, heard and shared in his guest blog for the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute http://sustainable.unimelb.edu.au/community-engagement

    Sustainability Victoria's CEO, Stan Krpan, shared your priorities from the regional Climate Change Community Conversations at the Spotlight on Australia event at the United Nations conference on climate change COP21 in Paris last week.

    One of the strongest themes Stan took away from the summit is the importance of community engagement. Read more about what Stan saw, heard and shared in his guest blog for the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute http://sustainable.unimelb.edu.au/community-engagement

  • Greenhouse gas recycling benefit calculator

    8 months ago
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    The new kerbside recycling calculator is a great tool for councils, business and households to estimate the full environmental benefits of recycling - including greenhouse gas, energy and water savings.

    Check out the life cycle assessment of kerbside recycling in Victoria and the interactive calculator tool on the SV website http://www.sustainability.vic.gov.au/publications-and-research/research/life-cycle-assessment

    The new kerbside recycling calculator is a great tool for councils, business and households to estimate the full environmental benefits of recycling - including greenhouse gas, energy and water savings.

    Check out the life cycle assessment of kerbside recycling in Victoria and the interactive calculator tool on the SV website http://www.sustainability.vic.gov.au/publications-and-research/research/life-cycle-assessment