Annie Nihill from Surrey Hills is angry that politicians have been having the same conversations about climate change for 10 years. To do something about it, she volunteered for Kooyong Votes Climate.
“It really annoys me that elected members deliberately frame the conversation about climate change in a way that does not make facts accessible and keeps people uninformed. I think politicians need to treat voters like they are intelligent people and to stop playing down how dire things are with the climate emergency for political gain.”
Annie, who is 27, grew up in Nathalia, a small country town 43km north east of Shepparton and moved to Melbourne nine years ago to study Health Sciences and Arts at Deakin University.
After volunteering to help with door knocking, she now takes the minutes for Kooyong Votes Climate meetings and helps with social media but says door knocking is by far the most challenging and rewarding activity.
“With doorknocking, there are always some disheartening responses, but I’ve had lots of really good conversations. My small-town perspective is that regardless of whether people want to chat or not, it is nice to be reminded that you are part of a bigger community and we can look out for each other and achieve something together.”Read more
Roger Class has voted for the same political party all his life.
But this election, the 69-year-old is voting for the candidate he feels has the best policies to tackle climate change.
“Even though I’ve stuck with the same party for years, I’ve always carefully looked at the candidates and issues. I’m changing my vote because I want to feel I’ve done my bit to help ensure future generations inherit a world in better shape than if we don’t act.”
The retired psychiatrist, who has lived in Hawthorn since 1985, spends his time competing and coaching in masters athletics, travelling to remote parts of Australia, bird watching and studying nature. He has always observed how humans are impacting the environment.
During his childhood in Morwell, in the La Trobe valley, Roger remembers his mother had to check which way the wind was blowing before she hung the washing out. If the wind was blowing from the briquette factory, then the clothes would get covered in soot. But if you could smell the awful pungent smell of the Australian Paper Mills, that meant the wind was blowing in the opposite direction and it was ok to hang your clothes out.
These days, he is concerned about the effect the rise in green-house gas emissions is having on the earth and wants to see a move to climate policy based on what he calls “good, solid, science.”Read more
Retired concert pianist Liz Glab has turned herself into a walking billboard. “I don’t leave the house without my Kooyong Votes Climate t-shirt,” she says, “and I take any and every opportunity to engage with people on the street, in shops or on public transport.”
The 64-year-old, who has an MBA, is deeply concerned about the lack of action on climate change and is doing everything she can to encourage people to vote for the climate this election.
“We are facing a possible sixth massive extinction on earth and I’m worried about the irreversible nature of what I call the Climate Emergency. There are many issues in our society, but this is all encompassing.”
Liz is one of an army of volunteers who are distributing the Kooyong Votes Climate Candidate Scorecard to voters. The scorecard is a non-partisan, objective summary that highlights where each candidate stands on a range of important climate initiatives such as evidence-based policy and strong clean energy targets.
Well over 150 Kooyong locals and supporters crowded onto Burke Rd outside Minister Frydenberg's offices at yet another spectacular Frydo Friday protest. Banners, speakers, a choir.. and 4 Corners, to announce that local citizens will not stand for public funding for coal.
In an unprecedented show of cooperation, 5 local groups in conjunction with two NGOs aim to make climate the number one election issue in Kooyong. With the government looking to fund up to ten coal projects and use accounting trickery to meet Australia's Paris commitments, the mood was fierce. The Kooyong Votes Climate campaign is determined to see a climate champion elected.