Who we are
Climate Change Balmain-Rozelle is an independent community group in inner west Sydney, promoting local and nation action to reduce fossil fuel use, increase the adoption of renewable energy, and head off catastrophic global warming.
Founded as a collective of local parents in the mid 2000s, the group is now an incorporated body with over 1,000 supporters.
We aim to help create a world much less reliant on fossil fuels, particularly coal, heading off the greatest catastrophe now facing humanity: global warming.
To reduce greenhouse gas emissions locally and nationally by providing governments and the public with the means and the motive to take the necessary action.
To inform people about the dangers of climate change, to speak out against the ongoing use of fossil fuels, and to champion the growth and development of renewable energy sources.
We are not aligned to any political party.
We are firmly grounded in our local community.
We value building strong relationships within our community and with other like-minded groups around Australia.
We will engage ethically and positively in the political process to achieve change.
Dominic Case [President and Public Officer] is retired from technical and communications/policy roles in the film industry and has lived in Balmain for eighteen years. After reading Tim Flannery's The Weather Makers he realized that its message was complex, important and urgent, and determined to become more active. He joined Climate Change Balmain-Rozelle in 2009. Dominic liaises with other climate action groups, publishes CCBR's e-newsletter and has developed CCBR's social media.
Angela Michaelis [Vice President] is a retired editor and former broadcaster. Living in western Sydney for many years, she helped run an award-winning native plant nursery, wrote about indigenous plant species, and served on a catchment management committee. Returning to live in Balmain and concerned about the impact of the world's greatest 21st century threat, she joined Climate Change Balmain-Rozelle in 2013. She's also a volunteer bush carer.
Derek Bolton [Treasurer], a Balmain resident since 1980, is retired from a career in computer communications software. He specialises in maintaining our Science and Technology web pages and writing submissions on state and federal government proposals. "The details are complex, but the basic science is straightforward: we've put enough carbon back into circulation to disrupt the climate. Besides, going renewable will save billions each year. It's a great investment."
Michael Johnson [Committee member] sees Change as the new "Business as Usual". Currently managing a transformational change project in the media sector, he is a former journalist and production editor who has worked in Australia, South Africa and Portugal. He joined CCBR in 2013.
Jemima Garrett [Committee member] is an author, journalist and communications specialist with 30 years' experience in Australia & the Pacific Islands. She believes democracy only works if citizens play their part. On climate change the need is urgent as our politicians of all colours are failing us. She joined CCBR in 2016.
Meg Wallace [Committee member] has retired from work in marketing and academic publishing, and has been concerned about global warming since living through the Millenium drought and the Canberra firestorms of 2003, then seeing 'An Inconvenient Truth' in 2006. "The transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy has the potential to reduce global warming and air pollution, while creating jobs and providing cheaper energy. Why wouldn't we just do this as soon as possible?"
Tina Smith [Committee member] is a retired social worker who worked in the area of permanent care and adoption mostly within the non government sector. Living in Balmain for the past 50 years, she believes in community action and has been involved in environmental issues, particularly, over many years. She joined CCBR in 2014.