Climate Change

The Fund supports initiatives seeking to improve policies around climate change and to enhance understanding and raise awareness of climate change. The Fund has supported folliwng climate change initiatives over the years:

Australian Youth Climate Coalition

AYCC is a coalition of youth organisations in Australia united by a common thread: their vision of a safe climate future. AYCC's mission is to build a generation-wide movement to solve the climate crisis by inspiring, empowering and mobilising young Australians to take action on climate change. It believes that climate change is the single greatest threat facing humanity, and that young people - as the inheritors of this planet - are the key stakeholder in humanity's response to the climate crisis. The Purves Environmental Fund has been the major sponsor of AYCC since 2007 by supporting its programs and contributing core funds.


Copenhagen Climate Council

To ensure awareness on the importance of the successor to the Kyoto Protocol the Copenhagen Climate Council (CCC) - an alliance of business leaders, policy makers and scientists - worked together to inspire and assist negotiators and business leaders and bring forward recommendations to a new climate treaty. The CCC focused its work on creating awareness on what was at stake when negotiators met to design a new climate treaty in Copenhagen in December 2009 by seeking dialogue with stakeholders, commissioning inspirational papers to distribute worldwide and seek presence at all important events. The Purves Environmental Fund supported CCC to develop, promote and distribute a CCC Communique for Conference of the Parties (CoP) 14 to UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and to film and promote the CCC at COP 14.


Earth Hour

The Purves Environmental Fund provided support to the core Earth Hour Global team in 2009. Earth Hour is a global event occurring on the last Saturday of every March, which started in 2007 by WWF-Australia inspired Sydney-siders. It shows that everyone has the power to change the world they live in by switching off lights for an hour in support for climate change action. It also promotes people to take their commitment to the plant beyond the hour.


The Climate Group Greenhouse Indicator

In 2006/07 the Purves Environmental Fund supported the Climate Group to develop a greenhouse indicator for Victoria, which is believed to be the world's first indicator of its type. The Fund subsequently supported roll-out of the indicator to NSW and Queensland. The indicator is helping raise awareness on the causes of climate change by reporting weekly on the States' greenhouse emissions from energy use. In a methodology developed in conjunction with CSIRO scientists, it uses actual data to determine an accurate figure for the greenhouse gas emissions produced from the three main sources of emissions from energy: coal, natural gas and petroleum. The weekly indicator is available on the Climate Group's website and in Victorian, NSW and Queensland media. The indicator was a finalist in the 2008 Eureka Climate Change Award.


Emerald Awards

The Purves Environmental Fund provided seed funding to Climate Leaders to support them in setting up the Emerald Awards - a climate change leadership program to recognise and reward outstanding action by companies, people and the community towards being carbon neutral.


Australia 2020 Summit

The Purves Environmental Fund supported Eric Knight, a selected Australia 2020 Summit participant, an AYCC founding member, and then an Oxford University Rhodes scholar, to attend the summit. Eric participated in the climate change group at the summit and contributed ideas for mandatory disclosure of current and future environmental risks by all publicly listed corporations, as well as advocating for an Australian equivalent of the UK Carbon Trust, which leverages venture capital from public finance to pilot low emission demonstration projects on a large scale. Members of the Wentworth Group also participated in the summit.


Climate Action Network Australia

The Purves Environmental Fund supported CANA to commission new research into communicating climate change. A series of focus groups and an online survey was conducted. The output from the project was a communications toolkit that is available for use by all CANA members.


Sydney Ice Bear

The Purves Environmental Fund was the primary financial supporter of the Sydney Ice Bear in 2010/2011. The key objective of the Ice Bear was to raise public and media awareness of the need for more immediate action on climate change. A life-sized ice sculpture was carved by British sculptor Mark Coreth and his team at Customs House Square and remained there for seven days until it was completed melted. The public were encouraged to touch the bear during its melt, which inevitably sped up the melt process and served as a poignant metaphor for the human impact on the environment as the bronze skeleton was gradually revealed.


Four Degrees of More? Conference

The Purves Environmental Fund provided financial support required for the development and implementation of a media strategy for the 2011 conference 'Four Degrees or More? Australia in a Hot World'. It was a public conference involving internationally and nationally renowned scientists and policy makers. The conference explored the unintended consequences of current domestic and international climate policies which will, if honoured, result in average warming of four degrees or more.  The conference intended to broaden and reframe the debate over climate policy in Australia by encouraging people to imagine the social, economic and ecological implications of catastrophic global warming for Australia, and to consider practical policy alternatives to this potential future. ^top

'Who Left the Tap Running?' - Sculpture by the Sea

The Purves Environmental Fund supported artist Simon McGrath with the creation of his environmental sculpture, 'Who Left the Tap Running?', which was exhibited at the 2011 Sculpture by the Sea. The two-metre-high fiberglass sculpture of a bathroom tap raised awareness of the environmental impact of humans on the sea-level rise caused by climate change, and received the Sydney Water Environment Prize. Sculpture by the Sea is the world's largest free to the public outdoor sculpture exhibition that takes place annually on the coastal walk between Bondi and Tamarama. ^top