Enabling change in our Society, Environment and Economy (SEE)

History of SEE-Change

SEE-Change Centres, Grey Power and HopeSEE-Change was launched in August 2006 with the publication of the book: SEE-Change Centres – Grey Power and Hope by Professor Bob Douglas.

SEE-Change Belconnen (first named the Jamison group) was the first SEE-Change incorporated entity. It formed to reduce ecological footprints through a series of suburb-based projects. SEE-Change Woden formed next, then SEE-Change formed.

Initially SEE-Change operated as part of the Nature & Society Forum, and incorporated in its own right (‘SEE-Change Inc’) in 2008.

Healthy people on a healthy planet.

SEE-Change is a community response to concerns about the strains we place on the planet and we believe that a safer, social and environmental path in Australia can be initiated by people acting together through practical community action. Bob Douglas aspires to ‘healthy people on a healthy planet.’

Change is an ever-present part of the organisation, which is evolving rapidly. Since commencing operations in 2006 there have been significant shifts – groups wax and wane, people come and go, and priorities and activities change.

Canberra’s challenges

Canberra is an affluent city with a large ecological footprint. In 2015, the ACT State of the Environment Report showed that our footprint was 8.9 global hectares per person. This is 3.5 times the global average. We are using more than our fair share of the earth’s resources.


The challenge for Canberra is to reduce our ecological footprint and to continue to meet zero net emissions targets.

Ways to reduce our footprint can be addressed by:

  • reducing our dependence on cars for transport
  • reducing what we buy and how much we throw away (our waste ultimately ends in landfill which contributes to greenhouse gases)
  • creating local food production (most of our food is sourced from outside of the ACT)
  • creating genuinely green buildings 

We can improve our communities resilience to climate change by continuing to plant and maintain green infrastructure.

In order to achieve these goals we need to improve the resilience of of our community and the well-being of all individuals.



Since 2008, SEE-Change has received ACT Government funding to support the community to take action, deliver a range of projects and assist the Government meet its objectives.

We all receive funding from donations and membership.

You can donate here.

With thanks to our


  • ACT Government Environment and Planning
  • The Association of Independent Schools of the ACT (AISACT)
  • Catholic Education Office (Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn)
  • Education and Training Directorate
  • ACT Government