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Oxfam Australia

Our Values

Oxfam Australia exists to contribute to:
- a fairer world
- overcoming poverty and injustice
- challenging and changing structural causes of poverty
- empowering people to control their own lives and achieve their human rights
- long-term change and sustainability

Our work is characterised by:

- working with and through others in ways that are consultative, inclusive, responsive and collaborative
- appreciating and respecting diversity
- ongoing learning

What Oxfam is doing

We’re already helping vulnerable people in developing countries cope with natural disasters and the impacts of climate change. But we’ve stepped up our work to focus on helping affected communities prepare and adapt to future climate change impacts as well.

Our climate change work focuses on four areas:

1. Providing emergency humanitarian support

A significant part of our work is in responding to natural disasters that can be linked to climate change, like our emergency work inBangladesh and Sri Lanka. We’re also focused on ensuring vulnerable communities are prepared for extreme weather events in the future, by establishing plans to manage disasters. Deaths from floods in Bangladesh have dramatically dropped because of improved disaster management planning.

2. Helping poor communities adapt to climate change

We’re working to help communities adapt to climate change. In South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province along with a local partner we’ve helped create a bore hole to provide water. It is hoped that the bore hole will support a community garden.

We’re raising awareness of the impacts of climate change on our Pacific neighbours so that solutions can be found and assistance given for them to adapt to climate change, including planning for the relocation of people displaced due to climate change.

3. Campaigning for strong global action on climate change

We believe that we need a global solution to climate change because we’re all in this together. So we’re working with other organisations as part of the tck tck tck coalition to ensure that world leaders are working for a fair, ambitious and legally binding global climate change agreement that avoids dangerous climate change.

This means stronger emission reduction targets in developed countries of at least 40% by 2020. It also means that rich developed countries, such as Australia, need to contribute their fair share to a United Nations fund to assist developing countries to cut their emissions and adapt to climate change.

4. Helping women cope with climate change

Women in developing countries are particularly affected by climate change because of the roles they play. Women are usually the ones who grow the family’s food, fetch fuel and water, and raise the children. During drought this means that they’re forced to travel further to get clean water, and when crops are destroyed or children fall sick – they have to find ways to keeping their families alive and healthy.

We’re working hard to address the problems women in developing countries face as a result of climate change by raising awareness of the powerful roles that women play in developing communities. Sisters on the Planet looks at the lives of six remarkable women who are taking control in their own communities and leading the fight against climate change.

Contact Information: 
132 Leicester Street
Vic 3053 Carlton

Nature Conservation Council of NSW


About Us

The Nature Conservation Council of NSW (NCC) is a non-profit, non-government organisation representing more than 100 community environment groups across NSW.

NCC is the state’s peak environment organisation and has a strong reputation for leading effective action and influencing the direction of environment protection in NSW.

For more than 55 years we’ve successfully responded to the critical threats to our environment through our statewide network of members, staff and volunteers.

We’re working to conserve the integrity and diversity of nature. We strive to achieve an ecologically sustainable society through advocacy, education, research and community empowerment.

What do we do?

NCC is dedicated to protecting and conserving NSW’s wildlife, landscapes and natural resources. We believe biodiversity is at the heart of addressing some of our greatest challenges, from climate change and water shortages to dealing with natural disasters, improving human health and building a sustainable society.

Our vision is that nature is respected, protected and embraced by an ecologically sustainable society.

The goal of NCC is to conserve the environment of NSW. Specifically, NCC aims to conserve and protect:

  • the diversity of living plants and animals in NSW, especially rare and threatened species;
  • NSW’s unique ecosystems, from the western arid lands to the eastern coastline; and
  • the environmental quality of NSW’s land, air, urban environment, waterways and adjacent sea.

To meet these aims, NCC works with its member societies and with the wider community. While NCC responds when threats to the environment emerge, it also strives to head off problems before they arise by promoting positive solutions.

As the peak environment group in NSW, the following organisational values guide the work we do:

  • Respect: we respect the views and opinions of others and consider, fairly and openly, views that might be different to our own.
  • Integrity: we are professional and honest in our working relationships, and transparent and accountable in our decision-making processes.
  • Inspiration: we inspire others to protect and appreciate nature.
  • Collaboration: we value our culture of participation and building strong partnerships to achieve our goals.
  • Leadership: we provide leadership through sound governance and clear and inspiring vision.
Contact Information: 
PO Box 137
NSW 2042 Newtown

Moreland Energy Foundation


The Moreland Energy Foundation Ltd, or MEFL, is an independent not-for-profit organisation. It was established to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions across the municipality of Moreland, in the inner-northern suburbs of Melbourne.

MEFL acts as a connection between the Moreland community and the broader climate change action movement. MEFL is the first and only such organisation of its kind in Australia.

Our vision is that Moreland will be: 'An active, inspired community tackling climate change with sustainable energy solutions.'

On a day-to-day basis we work with households, businesses and the wider community to:

  • Reduce wasteful energy use
  • Save money on power bills
  • Promote practical sustainable ideas that make homes and buildings more comfortable to live and work in
  • Encourage the use of greenhouse friendly and energy efficient domestic, commercial and industrial appliances
  • Help people understand that the energy they use makes greenhouses gas that causes climate change
  • Develop local low carbon alternatives to avoid coal based electricity generation
  • Provide leadership in an urgent transition to a sustainable energy future.

This work is done through:

  • Advice, training, consultancy services and advocacy
  • Cheap and easy energy-saving tips, resource guides and info kits
  • Home Renovators Service
  • Detailed energy-efficiency audits and recommendations
  • Partnership with like-minded bodies to increase our reach into the community and increase resources available for our work
  • Facilitating research into new energy efficient technologies that will assist in reducing emissions
  • Consultation with government to discuss options to make it easier for people to reduce energy use.
Contact Information: 
PO Box 276
Vic 3056 Brunswick

Institute for Sustainable Futures (University of Technology, Sydney)


Our history

The Institute has been conducting project-based research across Australia and internationally since 1997 when the Premier Bob Carr officially launched the Institute in the atrium of the Australian Technology Park in Redfern. 

Starting with a Director, an Administrator, two Research Fellows and five PhD students our income stream has grown so the Institute now has around 35 staff and 21 postgraduate students

When we moved from the ATP to our current premises at 235 Jones Street in 2005 we conducted a sustainable office fit-out to maximise amenity and minimise the environmental impact of our office.

The Institute continues to be involved with this Initiative as a member of the UTS Sustainability Steering Committee and several of the six working groups.

Over the years Institute researchers have worked with the Facilities Management Unit and other UTS researchers with sustainability expertise to improve the sustainability of the University.  In March 2008 the UTS Environmental Sustainability Initiative was launched – for details see http://www.green.uts.edu.au/


Our mission is to create change towards sustainable futures.


Our organisational objectives are:

  1. To be a world leading sustainability research institute
  2. To support communities, government and business to create their own change towards sustainable futures
  3. To deliver a cutting edge transdisciplinary postgraduate research program in sustainable futures
  4. To progress public dialogue as well as motivate and facilitate action
  5. To be an exemplar of participation within the UTS community
  6. To value and enrich our supportive and sustainable workplace
Contact Information: 
PO Box 123 235 Jones Street
NSW 2007 Broadway

Greenpeace Australia Pacific


About Us

Greenpeace’s long history in the Pacific began in the early 1970s, when  founder David McTaggart sailed his yacht, The Vega to Moruroa in protest against nuclear testing in Polynesia.

Since the 1980s, Greenpeace has campaigned extensively in the region establishing its first office in the Pacific (outside of Aotearoa/ New Zealand) in 1994. It now has bases in Fiji, Papua New Guinea, and the Solomon Islands.

Today, in the Pacific, Greenpeace campaigns for sustainable fishing and to protect the ocean’s biodiversity, and works with local communities to oppose illegal and destructive logging and to develop eco-forestry projects in the Solomons and PNG. Greenpeace has also worked in the Pacific to eliminate toxic pollution and to prevent harmful climate change.

Our mission

Greenpeace is an independent campaigning organisation that uses non-violent direct action to expose global environmental problems and to force solutions which are essential to a green and peaceful future.

Greenpeace's goal is to ensure the ability of the earth to nurture life in all its diversity.

Our core values

Independence: we do not accept money from governments, corporations or political parties because it would compromise our core values.

Bearing witness: we follow the Quaker tradition of bearing witness. Philosophically and tactically. Our peaceful protests work to raise awareness and bring public opinion to bear on decision-makers.

Non-violent direct action: we strongly believe that violence in any form is morally wrong and accomplishes nothing. Greenpeace takes non-violent direct action at the point of an environmental crime to expose an environmental problem.

Contact Information: 

GetUp! Australia



GetUp is an independent, grass-roots community advocacy organisation giving everyday Australians opportunities to get involved and hold politicians accountable on important issues.

Whether it is sending an email to a member of parliament, engaging with the media, attending an event or helping to get a television ad on the air, GetUp members take targeted, coordinated and strategic action.

GetUp does not back any particular party, but aims to build an accountable and progressive Australia - an Australia with economic fairness, social justice and environmental sustainability at its core.

GetUp is a not-for-profit organisation and receives no money from any political party or the government. We rely solely on funds and in-kind donations from the Australian public.

Contact Information: 
PO Box A105
NSW 1235 Sydney South

Environment Victoria

Who we are

We're the peak non-government environment group in Victoria, and we are Green Action personified. 

We’re from all over the state. Some of us are “in” because we saw a problem we thought we could help solve. Some of us were individual activists who thought we could accomplish bigger things by working together. Some were invited because they have a skill, knowledge, or experience the organisation needs to achieve its objectives. Some of us were just looking for a meaningful job.

And you, well, you’re a part of us too.

Regardless of why we’re in, we are all Victorians who want good things for our state. We believe safeguarding our environment will create jobs. Feed the economy. Sustain our natural resources. Save us money. And ensure a lush, healthy environment for generations to come.

We’re bound together by our values.

These are our common beliefs, the things that keep us focused on the end goal even when the going gets tough. They’re clean, simple ideas with the power to accomplish great things. Put simply, our values are courage, respect, fairness and inclusivity.

What we do

Environment Victoria mobilises people to safeguard our environment.

We collect information from the scientific community. We develop positions on the issues. And tell people about them. We get people talking. We organise events and hold summits to plan for the future.

We help our leaders make informed policy decisions. We convince them to do something. Or convince them to not do something. We try to change the system for the better.

We help you LEARN. Empower you to ACT. Invite you to SHARE. And encourage you to GIVE. At Environment Victoria, we work hard every day to:
-Inspire everyone to live within the limits of nature.
-Amplify our community's voice on environmental issues.
everyone's right to participate in environmental decisions.
-Develop green action solutions that average citizens can act upon.
Contact Information: 
PO Box 12575 A'Beckett Street,
Vic 8006 Melbourne

Environment Tasmania



Environment Tasmania Inc. (ET), Australia's youngest conservation council, was publicly launched in December 2006, and after operating as a volunteer organisation for its first twelve months has found new momentum and energy. ET is a peak body representing more than 20 Tasmanian environment groups, with collective representation of over 5000 Tasmanians.

Environment Tasmania is a not-for-profit conservation council that is structured to ensure its clear independence and apolitical nature, its fair decision-making processes, its accountability to its member conservation groups, and its adherence to the goals of the protection, conservation and rehabilitation of Tasmania's natural environment.

Campaign Areas

ET and its member groups work on a range of conservation and environment issues in Tasmania, including forest conservation, pollution, climate change, water issues, marine conservation, Parks & reserve management, amongst many others. Head to campaigns for more information.

In this exciting new chapter of Tasmania's future ET is well positioned to  play an important role for politicians and policy-makers, environment groups, industry and the community at large as a crucial conduit for environment and conservation issues in Tasmania.   

Many exciting projects are currently underway.  These include: 

·major progress in the forest campaign with real opportunities for major reform of industry and forest protection gains;

·a marine reserve campaign focussed on building community and government awareness;

·an Eco-toxicology Research Trust Fund that will provide funding for independent scientific research into water quality, biodiversity, and pollution.  

Our member groups come from right across Tasmania and campaign on wide range of local, regional and state-wide environmental issues.

Contact Information: 
GPO Box 1073
Tasmania 7001 Hobart

Edmund Rice Centre


About the Edmund Rice Centre

The Edmund Rice Centre is involved in a range of projects and activities across the four areas of its operation in research, community education, advocacy and networking. The Centre's objectives are to:

  • Conduct and encourage research into the causes of poverty and inequity in society, especially with regard to youth and Indigenous Australians.
  • Promote teaching that supports awareness, understanding and action in the areas of justice and community issues.
  • Promote experiential learning activities through organised and reflective immersion programs in Australia and internationally.
  • Encourage the development of skills in advocacy and social action.
  • Facilitate liaison and networking opportunities amongst agencies involved in social justice and community education activities.

What the Edmund Rice Centre does

The Edmund Rice Centre undertakes a range of projects including research, advocacy, networking, engaging with schools and the community sector, running cross-cultural immersion programs and conducting in-services and training.

The Centre has a range of publications, including a quarterly newsletter, Just Thinking; a regular issues paper, Just Comment; and a number of specific research and submission papers.

We have a particular focus on issues affecting Indigenous and young people, but are involved in a range of social justice issues both nationally and internationally.

We are involved in a range of community education activities including immersion programs to Indigenous communities in Australia and with partner organisations oversees. Immersions focus on issues of cross-cultural communication, peace and conflict.

Community education is also a key goal of our Schools Network, aims to involve schools from around Australia in a discussion of social justice issues and an exchange of information on projects schools are undertaking to advance these issues.

The Centre networks with a variety of organisations involved in social justice and advocacy. We have partner organisations in the areas of Business Ethics (The Edmund Rice Business Ethics Initiative), Indigenous Rights (Australians for Native Title and ReconciliationThe Lingiari Foundation and The ReconciliACTION Network) and broader social justice advocacy (NetAct).

Our philosophy of working together to achieve positive social change extends beyond these partner organisations to include a range of organisations from all sectors of the Non-profit.


Contact Information: 
PO Box 2219 (15 Henley Rd)
NSW 2140 Homebush West


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