The aim of this page is to recognise, celebrate and encourage the self-empowerment of community agency networks (CANs) and community groups across Australia.

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This page is the beginnings of a portal for Australia community action. It focuses mainly on Australia community action topics. Separate pages cover Australia news and Australia community action resources

Networks and sustainability initiatives[edit | edit source]

Ecovillages[edit | edit source]

Eco Villages Australia Intro
Authors: Eco Villages Australia, Jun 18, 2020

Community resources[edit | edit source]

Visions[edit | edit source]


Community involvement[edit | edit source]

How this all came about
Authors: Platform C, Oct 14, 2019
  • The Australian Centre for Social Innovation,, added 15:57, 22 February 2021 (UTC)

Community energy[edit | edit source]

Community Power Agency - Full length video about us
Authors: Community Power Agency, Jul 18, 2019


Solar PV Maps and Tools, Australian Photovoltaic Institute

Energy transition in Australia

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World Solar Challenge 2015-Parade at Victoria Sqare in Adelaide, Australia

Greenpeace Australia Pacific (Energy [R]evolution[1]) and Beyond Zero Emissions (Zero Carbon Australia 2020[2]) have issued reports to claim that a transition to renewable energy can be affordably made in Australia in the very near term - in years rather than decades.

Climate action[edit | edit source]

The Australian teen climate activists fighting for change - BBC World Service
Authors: BBC World Service, Apr 22, 2021
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Beyond Zero Emissions is an Australian climate change solutions think-tank, working with academics and in particular the University of Melbourne-based Melbourne Energy Institute. Driven by an understanding of climate change as an urgent threat to the wellbeing of both human societies and the broader Earth system, it releases detailed information on proposed policy packages and technological plans, to help enable informed debate on climate change mitigation. The goal of these reports and plans is to demonstrate that a move to a net zero emission economy in Australia is achievable and affordable in a relatively rapid timeframe.

Campaigns: The Transition Decade (Wikipedia): non-partisan shared campaign which is coordinated by an alliance of Australian community, social, and environmental groups, non-profits and NGO's. The initiative forms a unified plan to campaign, lobby and work to restore safe climate conditions and a sustainable future.

Climate change in Australia[edit | edit source]

The per-capita carbon footprint in Australia was rated 12th in the world by PNAS in 2011.

In 2013, the CSIRO released a report stating Australia is getting hotter. In 2014, the Bureau of Meteorology released a report on the state of Australia's climate, which highlighted several key points, including the dramatic increase in Australia's temperatures (particularly nighttime temperatures) and the increasing frequency of bush fires, droughts and floods which have all been linked to climate change.[4]

Ethical consumerism[edit | edit source]

Ethical consumer guide, The Ethical Consumer Group is a community based, not-for-profit network set up to help facilitate more sustainable purchasing practices for the everyday consumer.

Sustainable transport activism[edit | edit source]

Cycling activism[edit | edit source]

Critical Mass bicycle rides in Australia

Education for sustainability[edit | edit source]

Cool Australia, educating for a sustainable future

Urban sustainability[edit | edit source]

Australia is one of the most urbanized countries in the world. Many Australian cities have large urban footprints and are characterised by an unsustainable low density urban sprawl. This places demand on infrastructure and services which contributes to the problems of land clearing, pollution, transport related emissions, energy consumption, invasive species, automobile dependency and urban heat islands.

The urban sprawl continues to increase at a rapid rate in most Australian cities, particularly the state capital cities, all of which (with the exception of Hobart) are metropoleis. In some centres, such as Sydney and Greater Western Sydney, Greater Melbourne and South East Queensland large metropolitan conurbations threaten to extend for hundreds of kilometres and based on current population growth rates are expected to become megacities in the 21st century.

In recent years, some cities have implemented transit-oriented development strategies to curb the urban sprawl. Notable examples include Melbourne 2030, South East Queensland Regional Plan and the Sydney Metropolitan Strategy.[5]

Urban Reforestation, organization in Australia, which focuses on sustainable living in urban places.[6]

Ecological restoration Australia[edit | edit source]

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This page is the beginnings of a portal for Australia community action in response to Ecological emergency. See Ecological restoration for topic overview.

Food activism[edit | edit source]

'From the Ground Up – Regenerative Agriculture'
Authors: festival21, Jul 28, 2019

Australian City Farms and Community Gardens Network - Grow Free, "dedicated to making our food locally grown, organic and free" - Local Harvest, national initiative aiming to help people find local sources of food and grow their own - My Home Harvest - Open Food Network, - Solar cooking resources in Australia

Farmers' markets: Australian Farmers' Markets Association

Resources: Planning and running open farm days,

Reduce, reuse, repair and recycle[edit | edit source]

Reverse Garbage

Sharing[edit | edit source]

Open Shed

Social inclusion[edit | edit source]


Homelessness in Australia: The majority of long term homeless people are found in the large cities of Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, and Brisbane. It is estimated that on any given night approximately 105,000 people will be homeless.
Poverty in Australia: Some of the latest information on poverty in Australia comes from a study conducted by the Australian Council of Social Service in 2012. The Report, Poverty In Australia, shows that in 2010, after taking account of housing costs, an estimated 2,265,000 people or 12.5% of all people, including 575,000 children (17.3% of all children), lived in households below the most austere poverty line widely used in international research.

Campaigns[edit | edit source]

Don't Frack the Territory

About Australia[edit | edit source]

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Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania, and numerous smaller islands. Australia is the largest country by area in Oceania and the world's sixth-largest country. Australia is the oldest, flattest, and driest inhabited continent, with the least fertile soils. It is a megadiverse country, and its size gives it a wide variety of landscapes and climates, with deserts in the centre, tropical rainforests in the north-east, tropical savannas in the north, and mountain ranges in the south-east.

Near you[edit | edit source]

Adelaide - Melbourne - Sydney
New South Wales - Queensland - South Australia - Tasmania - Victoria (Australia) - Western Australia

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External links

Greenlivingpedia: Australia (category)


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