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YCAN - Yarra Climate Action Now

Yarra Climate Action Now is a grassroots community group in inner-city Melbourne made up of people who want to see much stronger action on climate change. We are pushing for the urgent worldwide action needed to avoid runaway climate change and the associated impacts. We are interested in the possibility of making a difference in the community through education, lobbying, workshops and other activities. We are part of the Climate Emergency Network and a national network of grassroots climate action groups. This site will be a place for us to talk about climate change issues, exchange ideas, link to information and hopefully open a world of possibilities.

Please feel free to ask questions or make suggestions - community input is always appreciated! You can email us if you would like to: know more about YCAN or join our announcements list; learn more about climate change issues and solutions; get involved in events (in a small or large way); gain or share some knowledge or skills; check out our general meetings (second Wednesday evening of the month in Fitzroy).


Youth Food Movement

Youth Movement aim to build the skills, knowledge and experience that young people have around food. We run food education projects for young people regarding the challenges facing farmers, the basics of how food grows and how it reaches our plate, and how to interpret labels and cook nutricious meals. Through this we build a generation of people that are healthier, more connected to our food and land, and better able to support farmers without it costing us the earth. Knowing where your food comes from matters.

If you’re ready to do something real, something that feels good not only because it’s fun, but also because you’re building the world you want to live in, we’d love to have you as part of the YFM community. Apply online to become an event volunteer or leadership team volunteer in Melbourne, Sydney or Brisbane.

New South Wales


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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