- Promoting awareness and local action on climate change in the Port Stephens area.
WWF-Australia is part of the WWF International Network, the world's largest and most experienced independent conservation organisation. It has close to five million supporters and a global network active in more than 100 countries.
Our mission is to stop the degradation of the planet's natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature, by:
- conserving the world's biological diversity;
- ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable; and
- promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption.
With over 80,000 supporters, and active projects in Australia and the Oceania region, WWF works to conserve Australia's plants and animals, by ending land clearing, addressing climate change, and preserving and protecting our fresh water, marine and land environments.
We achieve this by working on the ground with local communities, and in partnership with government and industry, using the best possible science to advocate change and effective conservation policy.
How we work
As part of the WWF International Network, our activities are guided by the following principles. Our work spans the full spectrum of conservation activities - from on-ground field projects through to long-term, large-scale programs and policy formulation through to public campaigns.
- be global, independent, multicultural and non-party political
- use the best available scientific information to address issues and critically evaluate all our endeavours
- seek dialog and avoid unnecessary confrontation
- build concrete conservation solutions through a combination of field-based projects, policy initiatives, capacity-building and education work
- involve local communities and indigenous peoples in the planning and execution of our field programs, respecting their cultural as well as economic needs
- strive to build partnerships with other organisations, governments, business and local communities to enhance WWF's effectiveness, and
- run our operations in a cost effective manner and apply donors' funds according to the highest standards of accountability.
World Vision is Australia's largest charitable group. World Vision helps over 20 million people every year, thanks to the support of more than 400,000 Australians.
World Vision provides relief in emergency situations and works on long-term community development projects. Together, these address the causes of poverty and help people move towards self-sufficiency.
World Vision considers climate change to be a critical issue that must be addressed across all of our development and advocacy work. From addressing the causes through to assisting those suffering the effects, World Vision is addressing climate change-exacerbated poverty in many ways.
As a matter of policy, World Vision:
- acknowledges and accepts the clear and present danger of human-induced climate change;
- determines to ensure that our Australian operations achieve zero net carbon-dioxide emissions by 2015;
- determines to increase environment-enhancing development activities such as reforestation, agro-forestry, and organic and conservation farming in World Vision’s programs;
- determines to work to increase communities’ resilience to the effects of climate change, e.g. disaster preparedness planning, and improving food and water security measures in World Vision’s programs;
- determines to increase its efforts to educate governments, the public and private sectors, donors and the World Vision partnership in their understandings of climate change and its effects on people living in poverty;
- calls for Australia to support strong, binding emissions reduction targets;
- calls for a reduction of at least 40% in Australia’s net greenhouse gas emissions below 1990 levels by 2020, followed by further reductions of at least 75% by 2050, by means of the most economically efficient, socially equitable, and environmentally responsible means available;
- calls for significant increases in public research funds directed towards climate change dynamics, renewable energy technologies, carbon capture and sequestration, energy efficiency, crop varieties, range management options, sustainable nomadic practices and other adaptation and mitigation options that will reduce the vulnerability of poor communities to climate change;
- calls for significant increases in aid directed towards helping developing countries to improve energy efficiency, to adopt renewable energy technologies and to adapt to climate change; and
- calls for a commitment by the Australian government to work in partnership with the Pacific states and territories for the resettlement of Pacific Islanders
The Justice and International Mission unit exists to provide resources and to engage and educate others about issues of social justice.
The activities of the unit range from advocacy for refugee and asylum seekers to banning landmines; from gambling issues through to climate change; from issues of inequality to partner churches in the Asia Pacific.
While endeavouring to work alongside congregations and social justice networks, we also embark upon specific advocacy work aimed at shifting and shaping public policy. The aims of the unit are embodied in the Basis of Union and reflect the Uniting Church's concern for social justice and the care of God's creation.
Who is The Climate Institute?
Established in late 2005, The Climate Institute is a non-partisan, independent research organisation that works with community, business and government to drive innovative and effective climate change solutions. We research. We educate. We communicate.
Our vision is for an Australia leading the world in clean technology use and innovation, with clean and low carbon solutions a part of everyday life throughout the community, government and business.
The Climate Institute aims to make a leading contribution the current climate change policy debate in Australia, through evidence-based research
We work with a range of partners, including government agencies, academic institutions, businesses, industry groups and non-government organisations.
Major areas of work include:
o Climate change impacts in Australia and abroad
o Emissions trading policy design
o The economics of climate change policies
o Managing the social costs of climate change policies
o Energy efficiency policy design
o International climate change policy
The Climate Institute is also part of the The Global Climate Network, a collaboration of independent research and policy organisations in countries key to tackling climate change globally.
From the day that they were founded in 1857, Good Samaritan Sisters have shown a readiness to embrace different places and people.
With each new wave of ‘boat people’ – refugees and immigrants who have sought home and shelter on Australian soil – the Good Sams have responded practically and creatively. They have helped Australia become a tolerant multicultural nation.
In the post-war period Good Sams taught large numbers of migrant children in crowded classrooms.
They have visited detention centres and advocated on behalf of refugees. They have befriended and taught home-bound women English.
They have been engaged in interfaith dialogue – the dialogue of everyday life where they strive to live in a neighbourly spirit to share the joys and sorrows, the hopes and concerns of people from other faith traditions.
In a spirit of reconciliation they have been engaged in Indigenous ministry in both rural and city settings. They stand in solidarity with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the quest for a more socially just and equitable Australia.
The Good Samaritan Foundation, established in 1999, aims to promote the Good Samaritan mission – that is, to assist our neighbours in need by offering support and providing financial assistance.
The Foundation funds projects in Australia and overseas – from malaria-prevention programs in East Timor to increasing the number of beds available for homeless women in Brisbane and Melbourne.
ParraCAN is a non-political community group, which seeks action to achieve the urgent goal in this critical decade of mitigating climate change.
Our membership is broadly based coming from a range of professions, businesses, community workers, and educators who contribute their expertise and experience to achieving these goals based on acting locally.
ParraCAN members seek to educate across our area by letterboxing, conducting surveys, holding events and forums, stalls, regularly organising delegations to state and federal politicians who will be deciding on the path we will take to reduce pollution and thus our carbon footprint.
In this, ParraCAN seeks opportunities to achieve a sustainable and more equitable society.