Meeting the challenges of climate change.

Gecko Climate Action Network – GCAN, evolved out of the Climate Change for Good Conference co-hosted between Gecko and Griffith University Climate Change Response Programme held in July 2016. The 2-day conference featured over 30 Thought Leaders and Speakers as well as 25 engaging workshops covering 8 themes to an audience of over 400 people.

‘Actioneers’ as we fondly call them are members of the community who wanted to get involved around a specific conference outcome and progress it further. To date the group has hosted 2 successful Eat your Backyard events, exhibited at SWELL Sculpture Festival with an installation depicting sea level rise, an active recycling program, progressing towards a Sustainable City Plan for the Gold Coast and many more projects in the pipeline.

We welcome everyone to join a group and become part of the Gecko Climate Action Network community. Do you have a project of your own that you would like to get off the ground and need some help? Reach out and say Hi, come along and meet others working towards positive solutions to climate change and see how together we can make a difference. 

Email cc4g@gecko.org.au  or phone the Gecko office to get involved.

“You don’t need to be an Academic or expert to lead a successful Action, you simply need the desire to make a difference, the passion to sustain you and the will to take action.”

Gecko Climate Action Network vision:

“To inspire and empower the community to think and act positively in creating opportunities at work, home and elsewhere for a better society that meets the challenges of climate change.” 

You can read more about the CC4G Conference Speakers here.

Review the CC4G Conference Outcomes here.

View recordings of the Keynote Speakers from both days of the conference on our YouTube channel here.

Speakers and workshops at the conference covered the following 8 themes:

1. Business/Insurance
2. Investment
3. Government Policies
4. Urban Places & Spaces
5. Health and Welfare
6. Food Security
7. Conservation
8. Sustainable Tourism

The conference Objectives were:

  • Build a strong community.
  • Advocate for action on climate change.
  • Gain inspiration and information.
  • Identify opportunities in business, employment, community well-being and nature conservation.
  • To identify the opportunities resulting from action on climate change that will enhance business and employment and community wellbeing.
  • Facilitate community partnerships.
  • Establish a cross-sector advisory group.

Solutions – It’s not all doom and gloom.

“What if global warming is not an obstacle but an opportunity to innovate and re-imagine everything we make and do.”  Paul Hawken

Below we share some positive solutions, Change Makers and groups to inspire your day as a Climate Change Actioneer.

In September 2015, 193 world leaders agreed to 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development.If these Goals are completed, it would mean an end to extreme poverty, inequality and climate change by 2030. Adopting these goals will not only go a long way in improving the quality of life for billions of people they will also greatly lessen the impacts of a changing climate. Link to page here.

Paul Hawken’s highly acclaimed book Drawdown, maps, measures, models, and describes the 100 most substantive solutions to global warming. View the Drawdown site here.

Beyond Zero Emissions are an internationally recognised climate solutions think tank whose research has produced a complete blueprint for Australia to becoming a thriving zero emissions economy. You can read more on their Stationary Energy Sector reports here as well as their Transport Sector reports here, where they outline how Australia can move to electric vehicles, powered entirely by renewable electricity, in a decade.

The Climate Council is an independent scientific research body. They exist to provide independent, authoritative climate change information to the Australian public. Why? Because our response to climate change should be based on the best science available. Here they outline 5 steps every Australian can easily take to lesson our carbon footprint.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change(IPCC) is the leading international body for the assessment of climate change. It was established by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in 1988 to provide the world with a clear scientific view on the current state of knowledge in climate change and its potential environmental and socio-economic impacts.