The Australian Youth Climate Coalition

Climate Leaders Resources and Readings

Climate Leaders Resources and Readings

Climate Change

For more information on climate justice and the international climate movement, the AYCC recommends the following resources 


This Changes Everything - Naomi Klein

For Klein, the real inconvenient truth about climate change is that it's not about carbon - it’s about capitalism. The system is broken, and to solve climate change “we’ll have to change everything”. It’s a daunting reality. But the convenient truth for Klein, inspiring almost every chapter of the book, turning it into a compelling and motivating read, is that we can “seize this existential crisis to transform our failed economic system and build something radically better”.





Oil and Honey, the education of an unlikely activist - Bill McKibbe

With empathy and passion McKibben makes the case for a renewed commitment on both levels of the global climat flight, and in Oil and Honey he tells the story of raising one year’s honey crop and building a social movement that is still cresting. Bill McKibben is the founder of 






 A line in the Tar Sands, struggles for environmental justice – Editors: Josh Kahn Russell, Stephen D’arcy, Tony Weis and Toban Black

The fight over the tar sands in North America is among the epic environmental and social justice battles of our time, and one of the first that has managed to quite explicitly marry concern for frontline communities and immediate local hazards with fear for the future of the entire planet.






Years of Living Dangerously (TV series)

 Climate change is one of today's most hotly debated topics, not only in America but around the world. This series features firsthand accounts from people who have been affected by the occurrence, with a team of correspondents from the entertainment and news industries traveling around the world to report on effects of global warming and what people are doing to find solutions for it.


Social Movements


Organising Cools the Planet - Josh Kahn Russell and Hillary Moore

The go to manual for any grassroots climate activist. The authors share hard lessons learned, reflect on strategy, and grapple with the challenges of their roles as organisers who do not come from “frontline communities” but work to build a movement big enough for everyone and led by the priorities and solutions of low income people, communities of colour, indigenous, youth, and other constituencies most directly impacted by the crisis. 





Strategy and Soul - Daniel Hunter

This riveting David versus Goliath story is a rare first-person narrative, giving unparalleled access to the behind-the-scenes of campaigns: the fervent worrying in late-night meetings, yelling matches behind church benches, and last-minute action planning outside judges’ chambers. It’s in the heat of these moments that the nuances of strategy come to life, showing what it takes to overpower billionaires for a cause you believe in. Written by an experienced and unusually self-reflective direct action organizer, this book might be the most enjoyable way you’ve ever empowered yourself to change the world.





Pedagogy of the Oppressed, Paulo Freire

The methodology of the late Paulo Freire has helped to empower countless impoverished and illiterate people throughout the world. Freire’s work has taken on especial urgency in the United States and Western Europe, where the creation of a permanent underclass among the underprivileged and minorities in cities and urban centres is increasingly accepted as the norm.






Rules for Radicals, a pragmatic primer for realistic radicals - Saul Alinksy

First published in 1971, Rules for Radicals is Saul Alinsky's impassioned counsel to young radicals on how to effect constructive social change and know “the difference between being a realistic radical and being a rhetorical one.”







Blessed Unrest - Paul Hawken

Blessed Unrest explores the diversity of the movement, its brilliant ideas, innovative strategies, and centuries of hidden history. A culmination of Hawkens many years of leadership in the environmental and social justice fields, it will inspire all who despair of the worlds fate, and its conclusions will surprise even those within the movement itself.







Don't Think of An Elephant - George Lakoff

Don't Think of An Elephant is the antidote to decades of conservative strategising and the right's stranglehold on political dialogue. More specifically, it is the definitive handbook for understanding and communicating effectively about key social and political issues. George Lakoff explains in detail exactly how the right has managed to co-opt traditional values in order to popularise its political agenda. He also provides examples of how the centre-left can address the community's core values and re-frame political debate to establish a civil discourse that reinforces progressive positions. Don't Think of An Elephant provides a compelling linguistic analysis of political campaigning. But, more importantly, it demonstrates that real political values and ideas must provide the foundation for political progress by the centre-left.



Movement Action Plan - Bill Moyer

The Movement Action Plan provides activists with a practical, how-to-do-it analytic tool for evaluating and organizing social movements that are focused on national and international issues, such as nuclear energy and weapons, nonintervention in Central America, civil and human rights, AIDS, democracy and freedom, apartheid, or ecological responsibility. MAP describes eight stages through which social movements normally progress over a period of years and decades. For each state, MAP describes the role of the public, powerholders, and the movement. It provides organizers with a map of the long road of successful movements, which helps them guide their movement along the way. 


Powerful Peace Making: Strategy for a living revolution - George Lakey

This book presents a bold and comprehensive approach-with historical examples-to creative social empowerment and global transformation in the quest for a peaceful and just world. It proposes a 5-stage strategy for nonviolent revolution, one with particular relevance and potency in the post-industrial era. 


Winning the Story Wars - Jonah Sacks

The story wars are all around us – they are the battle to be hear in a world of noise and glamour. In our post broadcast world, most brand and cause messages our swallowed up and forgotten before they reach the light of day. Just a few have been able to breakthrough this clutter by using the only tool that has ever moved minds and changed behaviours – great stories. Winning the story wars is a call to arms to build iconic brands anc causes in service of a better future. And it is an invitation to see today’s marketing challenges as an adventure through a world of wonder, danger and limitless opportunity. 


Useful Websites

New Organising Institute 

Plenty of training and organising resources for social change activists. 

The Change Agency 

Australian based website with loads of training and skills development resources. 

Movement Generation 

Movement Generation inspires and engages in transformative action towards the liberation and restoration of land, labor, and culture. We are rooted in vibrant social movements led by low-income communities and communities of color committed to a Just Transition away from profit and pollution and towards healthy, resilient and life-affirming local economies.

Plan to Win

Plan to Win assists individuals, groups and campaigns to develop the skills and clarity required to win change in the world. 

Plan to Thrive 

Plan to Thrive is a collaborative blog project to encourage and support the health and wellbeing of people and groups engaged in working for social and ecological justice.

Global Non Violent Action Database

A database of hundreds of case studies of non violent actions from across the world. 

The Ruckus Society

Actions Speak Louder than Words. 




Indigenous History

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have looked after this land sustainably for tens of thousands of years, this gives us hope that we can do it again.

This is why Indigenous communities need to be front and centre of our efforts to solve climate change - and why at the AYCC it is our responsibility to ensure that Indigenous youth are leaders of our generation-wide movement.

Seed is Australia’s first Indigenous youth climate network. Our vision is to build a movement of Indigenous young people taking action on climate change and to show that leadership is the most powerful when it comes from the community.

To find out more about Indigenous history and the struggles for justice, Seed and AYCC recommend you check out some of these resources


The Koori History Website

 This website complied by Gary Foley has a multitude of resources on Indigenous Australian's 240 year struggle for justice. 

Indigenous Rights - National Museum Australia 

The fifteen years from the late 1950s to the early 1970s was a time of unusual collaboration between black and white activists in Australia. Alliances were formed between Aboriginal Australians motivated to help their people and white Australians wanting to redress the injustices suffered by dispossessed peoples in the building of the Australian state. This website from the National Museum tells their stories. 

National Congress of Australia's First People

The National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples is a national voice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. As a company the Congress is owned and controlled by its membership and is independent of Government. Together we will be leaders and advocates for recognising our status and rights as First Nations Peoples in Australia.

Creative Spirits 

Browse a vast collection of books, movies and music, probably the only collection where you can easily find Aboriginal authors, filmmakers and musicians.

United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People 

The Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (the Declaration) affirms the minimum standards for the survival, dignity, security and well-being of Indigenous peoples worldwide and enshrines Indigenous peoples’ right to be different.

The Declaration was adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations in September 2007. This was the culmination of more than 20 years of negotiation between the Indigenous peoples and governments of the world. The Australian Government announced its support for the Declaration in 2009.

The Declaration is particularly significant because Indigenous peoples, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, were involved in its drafting.

Share our Pride 

This website will give you a glimpse of how life looks from an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspective. 

Indigenous Australia 

This website provides information on Indigenous Australian culture, language and social structures. 

Reconciliation Australia 

National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is celebrated across Australia each year between 27 May and 3 June. The dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey—the anniversaries of the successful 1967 referendum and the High Court Mabo decision. The week is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements and to explore how each of us can join the national reconciliation effort.


ANTaR listens to and supports the aspirations of First Peoples and works to educate the wider community, shape public opinion, speak up against injustice and influence public policy to advance our vision."

 Change the Record

The 'Change the Record' campaign is led by the National Justice Coalition,  a group of leading Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, human rights and community organisations  working together to reduce the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the criminal justice system.  The National Justice Coalition are working together to promote a new approach which focuses on addressing the underlying causes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander imprisonment rates and more effectively promotes community safety.


First Australians - SBS series

First Australians chronicle the birth of contemporary Australia as never told before, from the perspective of its first people. First Australians explores what unfolds when the oldes living culture in the world is overrun by the world’s greatest empire. Over seven episodes, First Australians depicts the true stories of individuals – both black and white – caught in an epic drama of friendship, revenge, loss and victory in Australia’s most transformative period of history. 

Utopia - John Piliger

Exploring offenses practiced by popular media, big business, police forces and Governments helping the British invaders 225 year campaign of genocide continue against Aboriginal Australians.

 Friends overseas

 Idle No More 

Inspiring Indigenous movement in Canada, calling on all people to join a peaceful revolution to honour Indigenous sovereignty and protect the land and water. 

Indigenous Environment Network

Working for the rights of Indigenous Peoples and for Environmental and Economic Justice, the IEN was established in 1990 within the United States.