Take Action

Our aim is to contribute to the systemic change required to protect our planet from dangerous climate change. We are looking for action, rather than further debate.

Monthly Meetings

Education is key to successful activism. Our members gather for monthly meetings to hear a range of exciting speakers on clean energy, sustainability and climate action. These meetings are held at 7:00pm for 7.30pm on the last Wednesday of the month (currently via Zoom) and keep us up to date and informed about key issues in the climate movement. Visit the What’s On page for details of our coming meetings which you are warmly invited to attend and you can subscribe to our newsletter on our Homepage to stay in touch.

Action Groups

Our advocacy work is primarily conducted through the working groups set out below. We run on people power and need all the help we can get – including yours!


Energy Transition Working Group

Energy Transition Working Group

The Energy Transitions Group meets fortnightly with a focus on pulling together energy data, latest innovations and submissions to government and making climate solutions accessible to a variety of audiences. Find out more here. You can subscribe to our quarterly Community Battery updates here, and check out page on the MCPH Solar Program here.

More about this working group

Please contact David Strang on 0405 506 275 or use the form below if you would like to contribute to this team.

• Energy transition analysis & roadmaps
• Focus on innovation and solutions
• Submissions to Government

Local Government Working Group

Local Government Working Group

The Local Government group is a small but highly efficient group of people working together on local climate policy, submissions and climate action. Find out more here.

More about this working group

We have many different opportunities this year, given the success in electing a more progressive Council on climate, to push for measures to drop emissions and improve environmental amenity. The group is meeting fortnightly, forging ahead – with good local networks we have already clocked up some impressive gains in this last year. If you’d like more information, please call Anne Young on 0408 586 811 or Joy Mettam on 0419 989 590.

• Local climate action focus
• Local government policy & solutions
• Submissions to Government

Meeting with Will Fowles MP

MP Engagement Working Group

Building on the success of the MP engagement process from Climate for Change, Lighter Footprints has been actively seeking meetings on climate policy with our elected representatives. Find out more here.

More about this working group

It is important for MPs to hear from the people they represent rather than just paid lobbyists, often for large corporations. The MP Engagement Group has more MP meetings in the pipeline and is seeking others. The group meets fortnightly online. New members are very welcome. If you’d like more information, please call Lynn Frankes on 0425 843 685 or use the form below.

• Constituent Representation
• Climate Policy Targets
• Political Accountability

Letter Writers Working Group

Join a group of committed writers who write letters to the editors of various newspapers.

More about this working group

This group had 344 punchy thought provoking letters published last year. The group also supports those who write to politicians on climate issues and policy. Group members receive by email articles and editorials on climate as well as all our published letters and related cartoons. If you’d like to join the Letter Writing group, contact Ray Peck using the form below .

• Climate letters in mainstream press
• Topics & issues resources and support
• Community climate education

Speakers Working Group

Are you interested in building personal skills in communicating the climate message?

More about this working group

The speakers working group is a place of support and opportunity as you develop as a climate communicator. We are looking for people willing to be part of a group that can offer to speak at organisations around our community. If you’d like to join this group please contact Ken Parker using the form below.

• High quality training
• Climate speakers group development
• Supporting community climate education

Climate Emergency / Local Government and Community Joint Working Group

This group works with Kooyong Climate Change Alliance on local climate action, moving away from gas and Boroondara declaring a climate emergency. More about stepping up here and Vote Climate here.

More about this working group

A petition with over 3,900 signatures was delivered to Council and constituent meetings with Councillors have been held on Climate Emergency. The new Council has a much more progressive attitude and we are continuing discussions. This group also works with KCCA on the upcoming elections – please visit our Vote Climate page to sign up for our upcoming election campaigns!  If you would like to join this group please call Lynn Frankes on 0425 843 685.

• Raising support for local Climate Emergency Declarations
• Local government petitions
• Joint elections working group.

Volunteer Coordination Support Group

If you are a people person and take satisfaction in helping others find their place and thrive, we need you!

More about this support group

Lighter Footprints runs many events each year all benefitting from dedicated volunteer support, across many areas of interest in the broader climate movement. To express your interest please contact Ray Peck using the form below.

• Welcoming new volunteers
• Liaison, mentoring & skills development
• Events and stalls staffing support

Lighter Footprints Communications Support Group

Communications Support Group

Vital to Lighter Footprints’ mission to educate and influence, the Comms Group helps define Lighter Footprints’ overall climate message and shape individual events.

More about this support group

Why would you attend? What will you take home? What pathways can we provide to help you act on climate? Key questions involved in ongoing publicity, content creation and campaigns across the year. Please contact Lynn Frankes on 0425 843 685 or Sally Newell on 0426 171 733 if you would like to help. If you are interested in supporting our social media team, please contact Annie Nihill on 0490 530 211 or or Sally Newell on 0426 171 733.

• Strategy, analysis and messaging
• Publicity and graphics support
• Social media and digital campaigns

Logistics Working Group

Whether it’s putting up our signage at big events, technical support or just a friendly cuppa, logistics is at the heart of things.

More about this working group

Logistic is critical in this election year. To express your interest please use the form below.

• Infrastructure, equipment, signage
• Organising major events
• Core support

Tackling climate change is daunting but you don’t have to do it alone. Working with others to make things happen is powerful and rewarding.

“Everyone is invited, everyone is needed” is the catch cry of the School Strike 4 Climate movement and it applies equally to Lighter Footprints.

Lighter Footprints relies on donations collected at public events. At this time we would particularly appreciate your support. Lighter Footprints relies on donations collected at public events, however during the COVID-19 crisis this has not been possible with events moving online. You can make a donation here.

We’d love to hear from you

Let us know what you are interested in and we’ll be in touch to talk through how you might contribute to the work of Lighter Footprints. To join the Lighter Footprints mailing list please subscribe to our newsletter on the homepage.

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