Sutherland Climate Action Network

Sutherland Climate Action Network is a group of Sutherland Shire residents who are deeply concerned about the threat climate change poses to our world and to the future faced by our children and grandchildren, animals and ecosystems.

Sutherland Climate Action Network (SCAN) formed in 2007 with the aim of raising community awareness about climate change and promoting strong, practical actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across 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.

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 harness renewable energy.

SCAN lobbies / petitions all tiers of government. 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.

Sutherland Climate Action Network also works together with Sunny Shire to increase uptake of renewable energy here in the Shire.

We advocate for decreasing transport-related emissions, through the uptake of electric vehicles (charged with green electricity) and building of modern, green infrastructure such as the Sutherland to Cronulla Active Transport link. We enthusiastically support 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.

If you are concerned about climate change and would like to be part of a group in the Shire that is actively working towards solutions, we encourage you to join us.  Sutherland Climate Action Network welcomes new members.  We hold regular, relaxed and informal meetings, once a month (currently by zoom). If you would like to attend our meeting or would like additional information, feel free to send an email to:

If you would like to sign up to our email list, we send out a newsletter every 4-6 weeks with the latest news, including our planned activities and actions.

Bill Ryan Activism Award – because sometimes protest is inconvenient but necessary

In honour of Bill Ryan who passed away in December 2019, Sutherland Shire Environment Centre has created an Activism Award in order to recognise peaceful environmental activism.

Bill Ryan’s civility, spirit, and determination have been an inspiration to so many.  His long history of engaging in non-violent, direct action was centred in his conviction that civil disobedience and the freedom to protest should be an essential feature of democratic society.  A veteran of the Second World War, and the Kokoda campaign, Bill advocated for an end to the Vietnam War and took part in the anti-apartheid protests in the 1960s and 1970s.

In his later years Bill was legally blind, but continued to campaign for action on climate change, attending protests until a week before his death, at 97 years of age.  Multiple arrests did not deter him. 

“I will be gone by the time climate change is in full swing”, he said, “but I am taking action for my grandchildren, great grandchildren and all future generations.” 

This award has been established in Bill Ryan’s name as a tribute to a much loved and remarkable man and to honour those who share his spirit of non-violent direct action for the benefit of the environment. 

Awarded for: Peaceful environmental activism that inspires others to take action for a better future for the planet.

Frequency:  Nominations will be considered each year, but awarded only at the discretion of the Board.

Eligibility:  An individual who has engaged in peaceful environmental activism that has elevated community awareness and confronted public apathy.  A demonstration of courage, creativity and / or persistence over a length of time is particularly desirable.  Nominees must reside in NSW, and preference will be given to those living in the Sutherland Shire. 

Recognition:  Presentation of certificate at our AGM and $1000 donated to an environmental charity or program of the winner’s choosing.  Publication on our website and Facebook page and general media.

Nomination:  A short nomination form can be submitted by anyone, including nominations for another person.  

Process: Award nominations announced via social media / the Sutherland Shire Environment Centre website and newsletter as well as general Media Release. 

Judging: The judging panel will be comprised of three members of the Sutherland Shire Environment Centre, including one member from the Board.

If you have any questions, please contact Tassia Kolesnikow on 9501-1505

Please note that applications must be received by 5pm, on 31 August, 2020


Download the nomination form

Or fill in online via this link


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