Resources

We have scoured the internet for sites that can help us all realise our vision of a clean, green, healthy planet and economy. luckily, a lot of people, organisations and businesses are doing great things already.

We have been inspired by the collection below but have not completely explored what all of them are doing. Please make your own assessment.

Financial institutions to help you divest from fossil fuels

One of the best ways to take away power and influence from polluting industries is to make them a bad investment. Do this by using financial institutions with ethical standards.

After some digging around into where my superannuation was being invested I decided to switch to Australian Ethical. Now all of my super is being invested in the future I want, not that dictated by the fossil fuel industry.

Australian Ethical invests in companies that align with the positive and negative principles of their Ethical Charter.

Future Super invests their members’ super for competitive financial returns whilst helping to create the sort of world they want to retire in.

Bank Australia exists to create mutual prosperity in the form of positive economic, social, environmental and cultural impact. We’re here to benefit our customers, their communities and the planet.

B-Corp certified insurance company created to be a company that left a positive impact, not only on the environment but at every level, including for the employees, the community and the customers.

Market Forces exposes the institutions that are financing environmentally destructive projects and help Australians hold these institutions accountable. Check out their rankings of financial institutions to see if your money is in the best place for the environment.

Invest in the Green Economy

You don’t need a lot to become an investor.

I now have a small stake in two solar projects in South Africa through The Sun Exchange. They crowdfund investments in solar projects that benefit the community while giving you a steady return over 20 years. It’s a great way to be part of the renewable revolution. I would love to see this business model flourish in Australia.

Purchase solar cells that get leased to schools and businesses in emerging markets. Earn for 20 years from selling the electricity your solar cells produce.

Get matched to your environmental, social and ethical values, so you can invest in the stuff you give a stuff about.

Kiva is an international nonprofit, founded in 2005 in San Francisco, with a mission to expand financial access to help underserved communities thrive.

Invest your spare change in saving the planet. This start-up hasn’t launched yet but has a very exciting business model.

Make your donations grow

Donating to green organisations can help spread awareness and momentum around climate change or make a tangible impact to protecting and restoring the ecosystem.

I donate to Greening Australia so they can continue their great work returning life to landscapes and balance to the natural environment.

Committed to tackling Australia’s biggest environmental challenges with the best science and the best people, to return life to landscapes and balance to the natural environment.

Eden Reforestation projects reduces extreme poverty and restores healthy forests by employing local villagers to plant millions of trees every year.

TreeProject is a non-profit (Charitable), non-government, volunteer-based organization leading the way in sustainable re-vegetation throughout Victoria by providing low cost indigenous seedlings to landholders.

Rainforest Trust purchases and protects the most threatened tropical forests, saving endangered wildlife through partnerships and community engagement.

Change Habits to Help the Planet

Changing habits, using different platforms or donating a little time can do good with no cost to you.

I’ve ditched Google as my search engine in favour of Search Scene and now every search I do helps plant trees through Eden Reforestation Projects.

A small non-profit project, which creates Android apps and using profits from ads to plant trees.

Bubblytree was founded in London UK to contribute to absorb the carbon footprint and help reforest our planet, using videos ad content or advertisement revenue to fund tree planting.

A search engine that helps fight climate change. They donate most of their profits to charity, with a focus on supporting charities that help fight climate change and alleviate the suffering caused by climate change.

Let’s plant some trees! Make Ecosia your new search engine and plant trees with your searches – for free!

A search engine with a mission to help the planet. Each month, it raises money for a new environmental or social cause, allowing users to help the environment, animals, and people just by searching and surfing.

Get Involved

Find a group locally or globally that resonates with your climate action journey. Whether you can offer time, money or great ideas, there are groups that would love to hear from you.

We’ve connected with some great organisations like Comms Declare that are helping supercharge climate action. Get on board.

Are you a communication, media, marketing or advertising professional? Declare you’ll work towards a safe climate.

The impact of our collective efforts accumulates and spread to others. We’re harnessing our collective wisdom and efforts to improve the quality of life everywhere, both today and tomorrow. We are crowdsourcing sustainability into the world.

We are women & girls from every corner of the planet building a lifestyle revolution to fight the climate crisis. We need you. Will you join the movement?

The twin crises of climate breakdown and biodiversity loss are the most serious issue of our time. Globally, buildings and construction play a major part. We hope that every Australian architectural practice will join us in making this commitment.

Every business needs to move to a fossil-free future. And if you WorkForClimate, yours will move 10x faster.

Climate activism group based in Australia.

Farmers for Climate Action. Making sure the farmers talking sense on climate change are heard by the media, policy makers and Australians.

We bring together small groups led by skilled facilitators to provide a month of skill and confidence building to grow a more just, inclusive and sustainable society and give people the tools, confidence and community they need to create real change on issues they care about.

Educators taking action on climate change and biodiversity loss – sign the emergency declaration.

A platform for and by the video game community to combine our diverse voices and actions, harness the power of gaming to bring us together and be part of the solution to the climate crisis.

Creative and Climate are a collection of advertising agencies that commit to disclosing their percentage of turnover from high carbon clients.

The Climate Council is Australia’s leading climate change communications organisation. We provide authoritative, expert advice to the Australian public on climate change and solutions based on the most up-to-date science available.

GetUp is an independent movement of more than a million people working to build a progressive Australia and bring participation back into our democracy.

We are climate champions from all walks of life sharing plans and achievements. We aim to inspire action and demonstrate Australia’s readiness to address climate change today.

We are a network that supports our members and their allies to take actions to protect people at home and abroad from climate change, and to build a fair, clean, healthy Australia for everyone.

Education and Other Resources

The more you know the harder you’ll fight.

Sustainably motivated’s mission is to share relevant information and positive examples of sustainability that will inform, encourage, and inspire others to incorporate sustainable behaviour. There site has one of the most comprehensive collections of information I’ve seen.

Shop Sustainably

We need to stop the cycle of consumerism. When you do make purchases see if they can make a positive impact.

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Abare Closet

You – purchase eco-friendly clothing. Them – plant 10 trees. Easy!

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Year of the Planet
Crowdsourced sustainability.
Crowdfunded climate action.

Crowdsourced Climate Action

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52 Climate Actions
Crowdsourced sustainability.

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101 Ways to Fight Climate Change
Crowdsourced sustainability.

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fabe
Free App. Sustainability tips.
Crowdsourced sustainability.

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Ujima Boston
A grass roots community movements taking control of where their money is invested.

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Earth Overshoot Day
Crowdsourced climate action.

Crowdfund Ideas

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ABC Case study
What Australians could do with a crowdfund of $4 billion. ($200 per person)

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Climate Solution Articles
Washington post with profiles of some interesting projects.

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Terra 2
Crowdfunded climate action.
Sustainable investment.

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Blue Lake Rancheria Minigrid
Native American tribe with its own green energy on a 100 acre reservation.

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Seabin Project
Crowdfunded eco action.

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Tropical Forest Tree
Carbon farming and indigenous projects.

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Feat
Crowdfunded climate action.
Sustainable investment.

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ETH Zurich
A global map for afforestation.

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Indigenous Energy Australia
Potential crowdfunded investment opportunity. Indigenous business helping create sustainable infrastructure and income for indigenous communities.

Education

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Thought Box – Exploring Climate Change
Made for parents to talk to children. Has links to a lot of other resources.

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Founders Pledge Climate Change Report
Discusses the science, politics, and economics of climate change, and what philanthropists can do to help.

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Sustainability Illustrated
Great resource of  illustrated videos unpacking climate change.