Communicating climate change – a new body for Australia

The Climate Commission in Australia was recently de-funded, with government citing budget cutting and costs-saving as the reasons. The Climate Commission worked in a country with a science-hostile tabloid press and a government still split over accepting the science of climate change. The Commission communicated science to the public, ran workshops for getting scientists and media to interact, and had visible and lasting impacts on the agenda set by the Australian media.

Given the apparent popularity of climate change denial in Australian political circles, there are doubts that the closure of the Commission was entirely money-driven, especially in light of the value-for-money they offered. Regardless, the board of the Commission has announced plans to set up a community-funded Climate Council. Within the first 13 hours of opening up their crowd-funding scheme, the new Climate Council received over AUD$160,000.