Community action

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Many communities are taking local action to embrace green living and care for the environment. This article provides some examples.

2014 Peoples Climate
2014 Peoples Climate
2014 Close Anglesea coal mine
2014 Close Anglesea coal mine
2011 Carbon price rally
2011 Carbon price rally
Tropical cyclone Yasi
Tropical cyclone Yasi
2009 Victorian bushfires
2009 Victorian bushfires
2011-2015 Victorian government scorecard
2011-2015 Victorian government scorecard
Orange stormwater harvesting
Orange stormwater harvesting
Samsø renewable energy
Samsø renewable energy
Freiburg sustainable transport
Freiburg sustainable transport
North South pipeline
North South pipeline
Victorian desalination plant
Victorian desalination plant
Stop logging Melbourne water catchments
Stop logging Melbourne water catchments
Melbourne water usage
Melbourne water usage
Swimming pools
Swimming pools
Save Brown Mountain forest
Save Brown Mountain forest
2008 Walk Against Warming
2008 Walk Against Warming
Geothermal energy in Australia
Geothermal energy in Australia
CERES electric car
CERES electric car
350.org
350.org
Australian climate action groups
Australian climate action groups
Donald solar power
Donald solar power
2009 Climate Emergency Rally
2009 Climate Emergency Rally
Human sign in Melbourne, May 2009
Human sign in Melbourne, May 2009
Kubuntu Linux
Kubuntu Linux
2009 Walk Against Warming
2009 Walk Against Warming
Melbourne eastern cycle route
Melbourne eastern cycle route


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[edit] Global

  • The Freecycle network is made up of 4,542 groups with 5,455,000 members across the globe. It's a grassroots and entirely non-profit movement of people who are giving (& getting) stuff for free in their own towns. It's all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills, and is coordinated by local groups.
  • Center for Advancement of the Steady State Economy's mission is to advance the steady state economy, with stabilised population and consumption, as a policy goal with widespread public support.

[edit] Australia

See Australian climate action groups for a listing of groups in Australia active on climate change

  • Aurora is a sustainable suburb in outer Melbourne, Australia
  • Bayside Climate Change Action Group -- formed by parents in the Bayside area, the group goals are to provide a collective voice for Bayside residents for both families and individuals determined to fight for a clean energy future.
  • Blue Wedges Coalition -- campaigning against the deepening of Port Phillip Bay in Victoria, Australia.
  • Brimbank Climate Action Network BrimbankCAN (Climate Action Network) is a loose network linking like minded people and community groups in Brimbank and Victoria with the aim to encourage residents, ratepayers, businesses and industry to actively reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • Friends of South Surrey Park are working on re-establishing native plants in Melbourne's South Surrey Park.
  • GAMUT is a collaborative research centre dedicated to promoting and supporting sustainable urban transport in Australia and the Asia Pacific region. Based at the University of Melbourne, GAMUT works with a network of researchers to focus attention on the need for innovative institutional design for integrated transport systems.
  • Geelong Sustainability Group brings together Geelong residents and organisations who want action in our region. They believe climate change is an emergency for our community, our nation and our planet, and that we must get cracking to create a sustainable and vibrant future.
  • Live.org.au -- L.I.V.E. is an acronym for Locals Into Victoria’s Environment, a fast-growing group of around 200 hundred concerned Victorians who are coming together to address the threat of global warming. The organization is independent, non-partisan and non-profit and is based in Melbourne’s City of Port Phillip.
  • National riparian land bank is a big idea for a big continent. We need to invest in environmental repair. We can afford it. The dividends will be there for generations to come.
  • Heinz Kreutz - environment and sustainable living have been a passion a long time. Heinz is establishing the Boroondara Sustainability Network
  • Otway Ranges Climate Action (ORCA) is a local climate change action group based in Apollo Bay, Victoria, Australia
  • Permablitz is a group activity to get people together and have fun learning about, designing and implementing suburban permaculture systems. The focus is edible gardens, and our ultimate aim is to make the suburbs edible enough such that should food become unaffordable, we don’t even notice.
  • Your Water Your Say -- Action group of families and individuals concerned that the future water provision in Victoria is achieved through environmentally sustanible means. We have all been working relentlessly to establish the groundwork for our anti-desalination campaign.
  • Food Water Shelter an Australian, not-for-profit, non-denominational, non-governmental organisation that builds and runs eco-friendly children's villages with education, social and health facilities for children in developing countries.
  • Victoria Naturally Alliance -- connecting people and nature in Victoria to secure our future against climate change
  • Sustainable jamboree - Facilitating local community and businesses to work towards sustainability ('Jamboree' is a local electoral area in SW suburbs of Brisbane, Qld).
  • STAND is a residents' protest in NNSW aiming to stop destructive logging in the Cloud's Creek State Forest and adjacent forest compartments. We are advocates for "true" sustainability in NSW Forestry.
  • Teachers for Forests have formed in the interest of better information about the state of our environmental assets, and the threats to them, and better education about how to protect and manage remnant ecosystems (especially in native forests).
  • Mount Alexander Sustainability Group is based in Castlemaine, central Victoria, and is taking action to combat climate change.
  • Slowday -- make time to celebrate home; to connect with yourself, your community and the environment rather than rushing off to the next Big Thing.
  • sustainablemelbourne.com, a communications hub for re-inventing Melbourne as ecologically, socially and culturally sustainable. A project of the Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab (VEIL). SustainableMelbourne.com is a network and communication system to deliver information, to connect people and projects, to accelerate the city’s transformation.
  • Sustainable Living Space group is calling for interest from the outer eastern community in relation to developing a sustainable living space.
  • Hepburn Renewable Energy Association - is a group of voluntary members committed to the reduction of our local greenhouse footprint. As part of that commitment, HREA conceived and nurtured the concept of Australia's first community owned wind farm will reduce the whole area's greenhouse foot print. See also The winds of change
  • WePlan Blog where Parks Victoria's alpine planning team will discuss the development of the Greater Alpine National Parks Management Plan from the very beginning of the planning process. Open to community participation.

[edit] United Kingdom

  • Totnes is the UK's first town exploring how to prepare for a carbon constrained, energy lean world as a Transition Towns initiative.
  • Woking has achieved significant reductions in energy use and carbon emissions by introducing innovative energy policies to encourage distributed power generation.

[edit] Germany

  • Freiburg has the largest "carfree" development in Europe. The town has developed extensive public transport and cycle paths to give residents the opportunity to live without cars.

[edit] Denmark

  • Samsø is a Danish Island that now produces from renewable sources more energy than it was uses.

[edit] United States

  • Million solar roofs initiative is an initiative in the United States to install solar panels on roofs to reduce dependence on fossil fuels and nuclear power.
  • New York City has set an ambitious plan to go green. It's called PLANYC 2020.
  • GlobalWarmingSolution.Org: A Grassroots Approach to Solving Global Climate Change unites grassroots organizations and individuals committed to bringing about a timely and effective solution to global warming - arguably the greatest threat humanity has ever faced. The goal is to reduce U.S. carbon dioxide emissions to 80% below 1990 levels by 2025.
  • Sustainable Ways is a volunteer community organization made up of friendly people living in the Wet Mountain Valley, in the Southern Central Rockies of Colorado. We feel it is a privilege to live in such a beautiful rural and ranching community, and we want to help our community by setting an example, principally by trying to live in harmony with nature rather than against it, and by increasing our awareness of sustainable ways of living.
  • Green Community Center - Oak Park , Illinois exists to help people learn about environmental issues and how to live sustainably.

[edit] Costa Rica

  • Costa Rica aims to be the world's first carbon neutral country, and has a thriving ecotourism sector
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