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

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.

More about this working group

Please contact Mick Nolan using 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

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

More about this working group

We have many different opportunities this year, given council elections, 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

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. Please call Brenda Tait on 0403 277 123 for more information.

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

Climate Emergency / Local Government Elections Joint Working Group

This group works with other members of the Kooyong Climate Change Alliance to campaign for the City of Boroondara to declare a climate emergency.

More about this working group

A petition with over 3,900 signatures has been delivered to Council and constituent meetings with Councillors have been held. This group will also focus on informing Boroondara voters about the climate positions of candidates in the 2020 local government elections with a view to electing a more climate active Council. If you would like to join this group please call Lynn Frankes on 0425 843 685 or use the form below.

• Raising support for local Climate Emergency Declarations
• Local government petitions
• Boroondara Council elections information campaign

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. For more information contact Carolyn Ingvarson 0411 115 186.

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

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 come? 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 Julian Atchision on 0417 167 705 or Sally Newell on 0426 171 733 if you would like to help.

• 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

Contact Carolyn Ingvarson 0411 115 186

• 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. One way to help us take action is to make a donation. In the forthcoming months, your donation will help us push climate action as the number one issue in the 2020 local government elections. 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.