OUR SHARED VISION

WE ENVISION A FUTURE AUSTRALIA WHERE THE NATURAL WORLD IS CELEBRATED AND THRIVING.


The power of science converges with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s millennia of experience to guide the wellbeing of our land. Wildlife is rich and abundant. We take action to protect and restore this land. We are proud of our relationship with our land, air, wildlife and water.

We power our country with clean, renewable energy. We have stopped extracting and burning fossil fuels and supported the transition to meaningful jobs in the clean energy economy. We have good infrastructure such as public transport, public parks and collective gardens. We have access to nature for our wellbeing.

We have a national strategy to protect our environment and it is well supported by strong institutions, laws and resources.We all have free access to clean air and water. We enjoy good food and land that is well cared for. We support our farmers to grow fresh food in ways that regenerate the soil and promote the health of our land and waterways.

We know that our children, neighbours and friends will be free to enjoy this beautiful country for generations to come.We are proud of our Australia and proud of our role as protectors of our environment in the world.

IMPACT AT SCALE

WE ARE MORE TOGETHER


$35.5 million pledged to date

71%

Our members have contributed or pledged to stop land clearing, save the Great Barrier Reef, and protect our precious freshwater and sea life.

We are calling all donors to join our community of action now and pledge to increase their funding to protect the environment for you and your future generations to come.

CREATING PATHWAYS FOR CHANGE


For over a decade we have been holding workshops with 62 of Australia’s leading environmental experts from academia, philanthropy and the community sector to identify four pathways for change, where focused and strategic funding can deliver real impact.

THE PATHWAYS FOR CHANGE ARE:

PATHWAY 01

OWNING THE NARRATIVE

Australians will act for the environment when passion meets motivation.

The myth that we must now choose between the economy and the environment is pervasive. Recognising the importance of changing the story, owning the narrative and reversing the inertia, philanthropy can support all aspects of effective communications including strategy development, story-telling, data collection and sharing.

PATHWAY 02

FROM GRASSROOTS TO THE TREETOPS

Now more than ever, Australia needs independent environmental organisations advocating to hold government and the corporate sector to account and to promote policies which drive sustainability.

With every $1 spent on advocacy resulting in $99 of government action and spending, environmental advocacy is a great investment of philanthropic funding.

PATHWAY 03

LIFTING UP DIVERSE VOICES

In every sector, we find people who care about the environment and every sector will benefit from the protection of the environmental systems that underpin life on earth.

By supporting this ecosystem of people and sectors speaking up for the environment, a societal response can be created. Philanthropy can encourage diverse voices through convening and resourcing alliances and networks, and amplifying the messages from different sectors including the health, agriculture, tourism, finance, faith, education and welfare sectors.

PATHWAY 04

WORKING TOGETHER TO CREATE IMPACT AT SCALE

No single individual or organisation can reverse climate change or prevent mass extinctions. However, by working together we can create impact at scale.

Philanthropy can encourage organisations to collaborate rather than compete and can fund the often hidden backbone activities and skill development required for collaboration.

Around Australia, millions of people are doing their bit to care for all these things that inspire our love of country.

RESTORING NATURE

Millions of people are involved in planting trees, pulling weeds, watching birds and caring for nature.

BOOMING RENEWABLES

Australia’s renewables sector has  doubled its output over the past 12 months, with more than $20B of projects now under construction. 

SOLD ON SOLAR

Australians love their solar panels – we have the highest proportion of households with PV systems on their roof of any country in the world.

MANAGING THE LAND

Indigenous people own or manage more than 20% of Australia and their protected areas make up 45% of our national reserve system, employing more than 2,600 Indigenous rangers.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Fair trade, farmers markets, locally grown, organic farming and food miles are all part of how many of us now think about our food.

BANNING PLASTICS

Across Australia, communities are working to reduce plastic pollution by eradicating plastics from their homes and businesses and campaigning for a ban on plastic bags, bottles and packaging.

OUR CHALLENGE


“In 2016, environmental charities in Australia only received 2.3% of all charitable sector donations ($187 million) and we estimate that around $34m of this came from structured giving. Of total revenue for all charities including government grants and fees for service, the environment received just 0.59% or $729 million. Considering the scale and complexity of the environmental challenges we face, this is simply not enough.”

Keith Ince

Australia’s environment is in catastrophic decline and we are heading toward a tipping point. Humans are demanding too much of our land, water, air and oceans. Yet we know we have the power to reverse this decline.

HEAR FROM OTHERS

WE HAVE A VITAL ROLE

THE ROLE OF PHILANTHROPY

Philanthropic funds are incredibly important.

Philanthropy is not beholden to election cycles or shareholders. And with the ability to be nimble, flexible, innovative and independent, philanthropy in partnership with powerful and effective community and other non-government actors can hold the keys to achieving change and scaling up the right solutions.

Philanthropy empowers the community and its leaders and has a long track record of building capacity in movements, supporting advocacy to achieve major outcomes and ensuring impact for investment. Philanthropy plays a vital role in supporting the actions of ordinary Australians as they repair landscapes, advocate for better policies, make life changes, use their purchasing power, act together in communities and enjoy and protect nature.

BE PART OF SOMETHING BIGGER.

$50M IN 5 YEARS BY MAY 2022

“We call upon the philanthropic sector, and those who want to create a thriving future, to be bigger and bolder in their funding. We need to act now in a courageous and strategic way. We have what it takes to turn it around.”

Amanda Martin OAM, CEO AEGN

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We acknowledge the traditional owners of this country and pay our respects to their elders, past, present and emerging. We recognise Indigenous Australians as the oldest continuing civilisation and acknowledge their knowledge, experience and connection to land, waters and community.