Shire Climate Action Network

Welcome to the Shire Climate Action Network!

Sign up to our ShireCAN newsletter here (newsletters are sent every 4-6 weeks with the latest news, including our planned activities and actions).

If you are keen to be part of the private ShireCAN Facebook Group to share and discuss the latest relevant information for climate change action, visit the Shire Climate Action Network Facebook and request an Invite.

ShireCAN members attending a protest supporting Farmers for Climate Action

ShireCAN was originally called the Sutherland Climate Action Network and was formed in 2007. However, in 2021 we changed our name to Shire Climate Action Network (ShireCAN) to better reflect the Shire community. The aim of the network is to raise community awareness about climate change and promote strong, practical actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across the Sutherland Shire, New South Wales, Australia, and the world.

Australia’s unprecedented, catastrophic 2019-2020 bushfires are directly attributed to climate change and rising global greenhouse gas emissions. Now is the time for Australia to transition to clean, renewable energy.

The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) has shown that Australia can rapidly transition to renewable energy, and that coal can be rapidly replaced without the need for any reliance on gas-fired generation. Even “Twiggy” Forrest has announced Fortesque will be moving to green hydrogen supplied by renewables by 2023, and has said that coal’s days are “either over or numbered”. He is investing $1 billion in new technology and building a hydrogen fuelled power station at Port Kembla.

Hundreds of thousands of Australian jobs could be created by implementing energy efficiency measures, renewable energy generation, green steel and manufacturing. It makes economic and environmental sense.

To help achieve this aim ShireCAN lobbies / petitions all tiers of government. For more info see some of our Submissions.

We are not politically aligned, we are unafraid to challenge the status quo, and we often join with other like minded community organisations across Australia to bring about positive climate initiatives.

We applaud Sutherland Shire Council’s commitment to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030, and we are keen to work with Council to ensure the Shire backs 100% renewable energy by 2030.

What is Climate Change?

How Can I get Involved with ShireCAN?

Local Campaigns

ShireCAN members and residents ask State Government to halt mining under the Woronora

Coal Mining Underneath the Woronora Reservoir – Our Drinking Water!

Mining damages our waterways and drinking water and burning coal pollutes our air and exacerbates climate change. Our campaign to halt mining under the Woronora reservoir attracted enormous support from Shire residents. Help us keep the pressure on State Government to stop mining in our water catchment.

Sutherland to Cronulla Active Transport Link (SCATL)

Transport accounts for a third of Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions. Encouraging people to walk and cycle for short trips is one way to help address climate change. State government has recently gone back on their promise to build a useful ‘spine’ for the Shire’s active transport network. Help us campaign for a safe, efficient and enjoyable route.

Shire residents deserve a safe active transport network

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