environmental groups and social justice groups - Australian directory

100% Renewable Energy

100% Renewable is a community initiated campaign working to build community and political support for renewable energy. In January 2009 over 500 community members from 100 local community groups came together in Canberra at Australia’s first Community Climate Summit and realised we were all asking the same questions. With such abundant sun and wind, with the impacts of climate change were hitting already, when thousands of new jobs would be created – why isn't Australia getting serious about renewable energy? We are calling for the introduction of a national feed-in tariff to really kick start renewable energy investment in Australia. One by one we are working to get every community, every business, every politician in Australia behind our vision.

To get involved, find a local group, or start one of your own, write a letter to your local politician or have a chat to a friend, get some mates and take a photo at your town or suburb, sign or join the effort to have 20,000 conversations on renewable energy. Together we are creating a groundswell of community support.

PO Box 360 Newtown NSW 2042
0438 787 026


We're building a platform to connect people to land, resources and each other so that more people can grow more food in more places. We want to build holistic and sustainable cities for generations to come by changing how we use vacant land, establishing strong relationships between community, business, and government.

Sometimes, when people want to start to grow food, it can be hard to find a site or know who to talk to for access or planning approval. We have noticed a lot of empty and underutilised land across Melbourne and beyond. We are helping to connect people who want to grow food, with land, with other people, and also with the right people in local government, to make sure everyone can work together.

Our website provides a map of actual and potential places to grow food. A team including representatives from local government review potential sites and help make suitable land easier to find.

Looking to start or join a food growing community? Use our site to find one near you and get involved. Got skills or connections? If you work in a related field, or for an organisation that wants to get involved with the project - for instance if you manage vacant land or work in a relevant area of local government - and would like to get involved, drop us a line.


350.org was founded by U.S. author Bill McKibben, who wrote one of the first books on global warming for the general public, and a team of university friends. In 2007 the group organised over 2,000 rallies at iconic places in all 50 of the United States. Centred around creative action calling for real action on climate change, the campaign now reaches all over the world with 5,200 actions in 181 countries taking place in 2009. In early 2012, 350.org helped the world connect the dots between climate change and extreme weather through their Climate Impacts Day. 350.org continues to grow across the world, become more strategic, and more focused on building an unstoppable movement for climate solutions impossible to ignore. 350.org also run climate campaign Fossil Free calling for people to divest their money from institutions with investments in fossil fuels, and campaign against the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.

Sign up to 350.org and start your own action group, see which groups is closest to you on the 350.org website or get in touch with 350.org Australia to find out what's already happening here.

email available via website

3KND Indigenous Radio

3KND (kool and deadly) is Melbourne’s first Indigenous owned and managed radio station, providing a vital service not only to the Indigenous community but also to the wider community as a whole. 3KND provides information and entertainment for our community and anyone else who wants to join in. We provide specialist training in radio & media broadcasting to Indigenous community members. Media services available at 3KND Radio are wide ranging including; radio and online broadcast services, multimedia media training and studio recording hire and music production. 3KND radio station provides the community with 24 hours Broadcast service to our listeners in a friendly, informal, educational and positive in Indigenous spirit, whilst maintaining the highest standards of technical and programming excellence.

Listen in to hear broad coverage of community and Indigenous issues and events and awesome music. Training programs are available for Indigenous community members.

48 Mary Street Preston VIC 3072
03 9471 1305
email available via website

Aboriginal Tent Embassy

The Aboriginal Tent Embassy is a national icon for the Aboriginal sovereignty movement, which has consistently challenged the legitimacy of the sovereignty of the colonial regime. This stand was vindicated by the High Court Mabo decision which ended the claim that Australian sovereignty derived from terra nullius, land belonging to no-one and was based on ‘discovery’. Subsequently, Australian sovereignty is deemed to derive from an ‘Act of State’, which is only a doctrine of international law, not international law itself. The Embassy has a strong association for grassroots Aboriginal nations and Peoples across Australia, because it is seen as the vehicle through which the resolution of the opposing Sovereignties will be ultimately resolved. The Embassy consistently calls for the Prime Minister to ‘come and talk’ in order to effect a peaceful resolution to the conflict. Instead, Embassy residents are repeatedly terrorised by massive police manoeuvres to remove the Embassy.

There is always a Corroboree for Sovereignty each year on 26 January and the following days. Everyone is welcome. Stay in touch via facebook for other Embassy activities and discussion on Sovereignty.

Parliament lawns, Canberra ACT 6201


ActionAid thinks that securing human rights is the missing link between the world's rich and poor. It's the key to ending poverty. People living in poverty, particularly women and girls, are often treated as less than human. Robbed of their dignity and sense of equality, they often feel they have no rights. We help women and men fight for the rights that they are denied. Simple things, like the right to eat, the right to stay on their land, to an education and to have a say in the decisions that shape their lives. We’re not about giving handouts or telling people what to do, because in the long run we know that doesn’t work. Instead, we use training and facilitation techniques proven help people - especially women - find their OWN solutions. We help communities take action together to hold their governments to account, and we give local organisations our support where they need it. ActionAid reaches 25 million people in over 40 countries worldwide.

If you would like to volunteer for a role in our Sydney office, we would love to hear from you. All available roles are advertised as we do not keep applications on file. Most roles require you to commit to at least one to two days a week, during standard working hours, for three months or more. See the volunteer page on our website to apply.

Suite 2, Level 2, 10 Mallett St, Camperdown NSW 2050
02 9565 9111

Aid Watch

AID/WATCH is a membership-based watchdog on aid, trade and debt, working with communities in the Global South. We challenge practices which undermine the ability of communities to determine their own futures, and promote development alternatives based on social and environmental justice. We research and evaluate development policies and practices, and we campaign around these issues as part of the global justice movement. We are working towards a world free from structural inequalities, where people can determine their own futures within a global framework of mutual respect for the environment and for one another. A world where trade, aid and debt no longer exploit peoples, but instead promote environmental and social justice.

AID/WATCH active members/volunteers/interns are the essence of our activist and campaigning activities. Most work is undertaken on a voluntary basis and often involves direct contact with members. AID/WATCH philosophy is to ensure member input always drives campaigns. To find out more about volunteering/interning with AID/WATCH contact us.

19 Eve St Erskineville NSW 2043
02 9557 8944


ALERT's goals are to help world-class scientists to influence key environmental decisions, help scientists to communicate dynamically through social media, promote and disseminate cutting-edge environmental research and help journalists to connect with leading environmental experts. Through press releases. statements and social media. ALERT shines a spotlight on major environmental concerns.

Link up with ALERT on line to hear their latest releases or get in touch with a researcher on a specific environmental issue.


The Active groups directory lists over one hundred independent community based environmental groups and social justice groups working for real social change. Use the search menus above to find out about the people taking action and creating a better world and how you can join them.

Throughout history, significant gains for human rights, social justice and environmental protection has come about because of the pressure generated by concerned groups of people talking up, standing up and taking action.

The power of this collective voice in Australia has resulted in the creation of our National Parks, the prevention of the damming of our rivers, the refusal of radioactive waste dumps, the closing of uranium mines on sacred land, and the ongoing struggle for Indigenous sovereignty.

Social change is achieved with diversity of tactics and channels starting from the grass roots up. From the actions of each individual, to groups of friends, community groups, non-government organisations, government and finally industry, we can change the world.

Different groups work in very different ways. The way that you like to work with people and the level of involvement you want will determine how much satisfaction you get out of a particular group.

If you don't find the group that works for you the first time, don't give up! There are lots of groups working in different ways. If there's no group that's focusing on what you care about, consider starting it up.

The reason Margaret Meade's quote is used over and over again is because it's true.

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."

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