The City of Sydney launched its C40 Women4Climate Mentorship Program in May, with Mayor Clover Moore stating “Climate action is the City of Sydney’s top priority”, as reflected in the City’s 2030 Strategy and Climate Emergency declaration.
Ahead of the Global Climate Strike called for 20 September, the program’s 20 mentees are taking this opportunity to share the vision for each of their projects, and their view on climate activism. The outcomes of their projects will be presented at the global Women4Climate Conference in Sydney in April 2020.
Madeleine is Team and Communications Coordinator at the Investor Group on Climate Change.
Gather & Source
My vision is that every person does everything they can, in everything they do, to address climate change at the source. Through small, everyday actions, we have the potential to create a powerful societal shift towards more environmentally aware decisions that benefit people and the planet – simple gestures can contribute a fundamental part of the climate solution.
The Gather & Source site will be this vision realised. It will facilitate connections between people and environmental initiatives, resources and actions. The site will make it easier to make decisions and take actions that are better for the planet.
There is a lot of great information already out there, but it is not always easy to find. Especially if you are just starting to engage with these conscious behaviours. Bringing information into one place will allow people on this journey a clearer path. The platform will bring together existing and developing environmental resources in a single location. This will cover areas such as lifestyle, home, waste and the workplace. For example, a collection of tips to reduce your household general waste to one bag a week, or actions such as introducing better recycling initiatives into your workplace. The platform will bridge the gap for people in Australia who want to reduce their footprint but don’t know where to begin. The site will empower people to take more conscious actions and share this within their communities.
As well as gathering reliable resources, the site will build community via an information sharing feature. This will reinforce that everyone’s individual actions can create positive global change and that collaboration is vital.
Ultimately, Gather & Source will assemble the diverse array of environmental initiatives and resources to accelerate climate action. This platform and directory is needed for us to embrace, mobilise and commit to making every action count towards the bigger climate change goals.
THE IMPORTANCE OF CITIES
In recent years, we have seen inspiring leadership from cities and councils who are addressing the risks and opportunities of climate change and educating their residents on this crisis. Cities have the capacity to mobilise individuals and inspire collective action, particularly now when action and response needs to happen ever faster.
Amplifying the message for councils and individuals to act on climate change is pivotal to ensuring we capitalise on the solutions that are already available and ready for us to use. The outreach and influence cities have can positively promote environmental awareness at an individual level, while emphasising a deeper connection within our communities to attain global outcomes.
MY SUPPORT FOR THE GLOBAL CLIMATE STRIKE
It is exciting to see the response and commitment to the global climate strike on the 20th of September and all it encompasses. At this crucial time, we must come together and stress the necessity to act on and support the future of our planet for future generations.
The strike will be a moment to come together and act on the climate crisis, sending a message that, collectively, more needs to be done now.
“If not you, then who? If not now, then when?”
Time to step up for a safe climate future. Volcán Acatenango in Guatemala. Photo by me.