Climate Action Townsville Group

NQCC's newly formed Climate Action Townsville (CAT) group is a fantastic opportunity for individuals and local organisations to come together and act on Climate Change.

This group is an opportunity for you to step up your role in the climate movement in Townsville and North Queensland!

There are many ways to take action, including some that can be done from the comfort of your own home. You could assist us with social media, letter writing, market stalls, fundraising or something else that suits your interests and skills! 

  • Attend our fortnightly meetings at 114 Boundary St (or online via Zoom). Come together with like minded people and help organise, plan and implement Climate Action projects, events and activities. These will be held on a Friday afternoons. Check out our Events page for the next one!
  • Join our CAT Facebook group share local issues and Climate Action activities and help us educate and inspire our local community to take action.
  • Volunteer your time and skills to our projects, campaigns, market stalls, events and more. 
  • Sign on as a fundraiser. Our 'Cool it for Climate' fundraiser starts 8th March - 8th April 2022. Get active or creative and do something cool for climate while raising vital funds and awareness for climate action.


For more information on how you can get involved in climate action here in Townsville, click here.

Queries? Contact us!

Tiff (Community Engagement & Fundraising): 0428 987 535/[email protected]

Crystal (Coordinator): 0406 421 061/[email protected]

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Climate Conversations

Our current Climate Change initiative revolves around inspiring our fellow North Queenslanders to think about what a carbon neutral future could look like for our region. Learn all about the project here! 

We also highly recommend climateforchange.org.au and their amazing climate conversations guide

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NQ Climate Impacts

North Queensland is already feeling the impacts of a changing climate, with unprecedented weather events and temperatures. The flooding event in and around Townsville in February 2019 smashed previous rainfall records for all durations from two to twelve days, with 1259.8mm falling in just ten days (see BoM's Special Climate Statement). This followed the heatwave of November 2018, which saw previous maximum temperature records in areas around Cairns, Proserpine, Coen, Cooktown, Innisfail to Townsville, Bowen to Sarina and around St Lawrence exceeded by 1.5 to 4°C (source here).

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Climate Strikes

School Climate Strike 2019

Students Strike for Climate in Townsville on 15 March 2019.

On 15 March 2019, Townsville school students gathered at the Gregory Street Amphitheatre to share their stories, concerns and demands regarding climate change and climate action. This nationwide event was organised by the Australian Youth Climate Coalition (AYCC), and the Townsville event was brought together by AYCC's North Queensland Organiser Alicia Walter, with the help of local volunteers.

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Heatwatch Townsville

HeatWatch event Q&A

Q&A session at Townsville's HeatWatch presentation. Pictured are Des Bolton, Mark Ogge and NQCC Campaigns Manager Tarquin Moon.

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Water Conservation

Responsible water conservation is more critical than ever to help prevent catastrophic droughts and bushfires. For information and advice relating to responsible water conservation, we encourage you to explore the resources below.

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Background

The science of climate change is by now quite clear and generally well understood. In brief, CO2 and other greenhouse gases trap the sun’s heat, raising the average temperature of the atmosphere and (indirectly) the oceans. We have emitted so much extra CO2 since the Industrial Revolution (and especially since 1950) that we are on course for dangerous droughts, heat waves, sea-level rise and species extinctions – up to and including mass starvation and massive dislocation of human populations. For authoritative summaries of the science, with links to further information, visit these pages by CSIRO, the BoM  or NOAA.

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Townsville's Climate Concert

For the first time, the Queensland State Government has chosen to shake up their World Environment Day celebrations by celebrating Climate Week (2 - 8 June). The aim of Climate Week is to bring communities together to showcase the State's transition to a low-carbon economy and for leaders to discuss ideas on how to address and adapt to climate change.

NQCC was successful in securing a grant to host a Climate Week event, and we chose to bring Townsville locals together with live entertainment, along with experts and advocates in an outdoor Climate Concert. Our concert was one of 30+ events that took place throughout Queensland, bringing communities together and ramping up the discussion about our collective futures. Due to our action-packed events calendar for June, our event took place a little later in the month (on Sunday the 16th), but our audience didn't seem to mind.

Read the Environment Minister's media release about Queensland Climate Week here

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Divestment – what is it and why it works

Divestment Day 2016 is coming up! Here’s a quick guide to what divestment is, the successes that divestment campaigns have had so far, and what we are doing this year.

What’s divestment?

Divestment is the opposite of investment. It’s rearranging your finances so that you aren’t supporting the fossil fuel industry through your bank, investments, superannuation or insurance. We have power as consumers to choose financial services products in-line with our strongly held convictions about climate change.

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