Lend a Hand
Australians have always lent a hand to those who need it. From rolling up their sleeves to help clean up after a storm, to chipping in to relief efforts overseas, we’ve always got each others backs.
As climate activists, we can help create the kind of world we want to live in by getting into our communities and looking out for people through what’s set to be a very hot summer.
Listed are some ideas for you to roll with, but please don’t limit yourself to this list, get creative and let us know how you go using the form. And remember - it’s more fun with friends!
- Hand out icey poles (and conversations about climate change) on a hot day
- Put out tubs of water for thirsty local wildlife
- Check on your elderly neighbours on a hot day - either by phone or doorknock
- Do a letterbox drop of a nice letter to neighbours reminding them about heat wave safety
- Look into local air conditioned spaces that could host people in need
- Host a climate seminar in a local MP’s air conditioned office
- Help a neighbour with their fire preparedness
- Hand out ice cubes at a busy public event
- Lobby your local government to look out people in public housing
- Hold a fundraiser event for those on the frontline, in an air conditioned room. For example, host a film screening (Stingray Sisters, Years of Living Dangerously etc)
- Create a care package to send to people after a climate disaster of things they might need
- Any other creative ideas that you have to lookout for people over summer
There are loads of charities who already do the important work responding to the climate crisis, they might just not call it that. But helping out those in need during a heat wave, caring for native wildlife after a bushfire or providing aid during a climate disaster - a warmer world requires more people lending a hand when they can.
Red Cross - volunteer http://www.redcross.org.au/volunteering.aspx
Here are some tips from WIRES about caring for wildlife in heat waves http://www.wires.org.au/blog/wildlife-susceptible-to-heat
In times of disaster, organisations like this are first to respond and save lives on the ground. Climate change affects those who can least afford it first and worst, so by chipping in we can make sure no one gets left behind.
Got a suggestion of someone who should be on this list? Nominate a charity, email firstname.lastname@example.org