Lend a Hand
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.
Below are some ideas for you to roll with, but don’t limit yourself to this list! Get creative and let us know how you go using the form or posting on socials with the #summersolutions
- Hand out icy poles on a hot day - and start some conversations about climate change!
- Put out tubs of water for thirsty local wildlife
- Check on your elderly neighbours when it's hot - either by phone or knocking on the door
- 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
- Lobby your local government to look out for people in public housing
- Hold a fundraiser film screening for those on the frontline, in an air conditioned room! You could put on Water is Life, Stingray Sisters, or check out some environmental docos on Netflix. Download our poster template to help you spread the word!
- Create a care package to send to people after a climate disaster of things they might need
- Pledge to volunteer with AYCC in 2019 to turn up the heat on politicians and demand action on climate change to protect our communities from a future of more extreme weather.
- 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