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

Take Action

There are many actions you can take to reduce your ecological footprint, improve the resilience of the ecosystem and improve your well-being.


Here are just a few ideas of actions that you could take:

  1. To start with you could calculate your ecological footprint to get an understanding of what impact you are having on the planet.
  2. You could then look at our resource pages for some easy ideas and ways of reducing your ecological footprint in different areas, such as transport, energy or food.
  3. You could join a SEE-Change local group and create projects that support you, and others in your local community, to take action.
  4. You could volunteer with SEE-Change and take actions that support a range of different projects to happen.

A SEE-Change member asked friends for ideas of things people can do about climate change and here is the list of what they came up with:

  • Try a vegan diet even if it is just for one or two days a week, or one meal a day
  • Buy locally grown food and other items
  • Grow what food you can
  • Turn off standby power
  • Compost (that’s a biggy) or lobby for council compost collection or start a worm farm (great for units)
  • Get an energy audit to get more ideas on changes
  • Join 350.org – http://350.org/
  • Ease off on accelerating cars….stay under 80km ph…saves up to 1/3
  • Join a climate action group and come to the meetings
  • Join an ethical superfund (you could look at Market Forces to find one)
  • Install solar hot water as it covers about 1/3 of household power
  • Convert a lawn or nature strip and plant a tree
  • Lobby for railway, eg between major cities in Australia
  • Don’t buy anything you don’t actually need. If you want to give a present, give a ticket to a show or a Christmas cake or dinner out etc.
  • Carpool or reduce car use where possible
  • Install thermal curtains and pelmets
  • Use shade cloth or vines outside to reduce heat in the home
  • Reduce air travel where possible to less than one trip a year
  • Limit the number of children to two or less per family
  • “Don’t buy things with tailpipes or smoke stacks”. For example, buy an electric car, not a petrol one. Buy a heat pump that can run on renewable energy, not a gas heating appliance. And so on.

If you have other ideas to add to this list or would like more information about actions you could take, please contact us.

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