Climate in the Pub

Climate Change Balmain-Rozelle is possibly best known for its bi-monthly Climate in the Pub. From April 2021 we are returning to live meetings - in the Pub! Join us from 6.30 for 7pm, second Tuesday every even month for an informal and informed discussion. Numbers are still restricted, so you will need to register.

We have a guest speaker or two for the chosen topic. Subscribe to our Event Calendar, Newsletter or watch out for our Climate in the Pub posters on power poles in the area. For the full authentic experience ask us to let you help put the posters up! On the evening come in good time for a drink and a chat beforehand (or maybe a meal), listen to the experts, ask questions and share your views.

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 10 August, starting at 7pm. Arrive from 6.30pm

Details will follow soon.


Tuesday 8 June 6.30 for 7pm

The Merton Hotel, Rozelle

Amanda Tattersall: Building a Powerful Climate Movement

How do we build powerful movements for social and climate change?

Telling stories from across the world and based on first-hand experience in Sydney, Amanda will share cutting edge thinking about what it takes to build people power. From the organising of the Sydney Alliance to the 2019 Hong Kong Protests, this talk moves across a variety of urban battlegrounds: seeking to identify the core lessons about how to involve people in movements and make them powerful.

Dr Amanda Tattersall co-founded and founded the Sydney Alliance, which brought broad-based community organising to Australia. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Sydney University’s Sydney Policy Lab.

This event was fully booked, but also streamed live on Facebook .

If you prefer you can also catch it here on Youtube .


Jonica Newby: Beyond Climate Grief

Tuesday 13 April 2021

Jonica Newby spoke about her latest book Beyond Climate Grief, which includes practical advice from psychological and scientific experts, incredible accounts from everyday heroes and inspiring stories from the climate strike kids, as well as conversations with singer–songwriter Missy Higgins, comedians Charlie Pickering and Craig Reucassel and business leader Mike Cannon-Brookes.

Jonica spoke about a number of emotions, ranging from denial through fear to greed to acceptance and pride. She told how a medical emergency suffered by her partner helped her to understand denial; and then explained that her plans for researching the book were overtaken by the bushfire emergency. She read excerpts from the book where survivors described their harrowing experiences. She explained about acceptance: naming our emotions, changing what we can, and accepting what we can't. And said that ordinary people were heroes, doing what they could, and this was the source of her hope for the future.


During 2020 and early 2021 we held meetings by Zoom - and recorded them.

Meeting the Climate Challenge: Tue 23 February 2021

Brad Smith, Campaigns Director with the NSW Nature Conservation Council explained how NCC's new report Meeting the climate challenge spells out what's needed to reach 100% clean energy by 2030 and to create a safe, liveable climate for people and communities.

Key factors are a lower cost than business-as-usual, and better reliability. The report finds that both are achievable, but the fact that coal is actually going out quicker than anyone expected is among the risks that need to be managed.

Hydrogen & Renewable Energy: Consider the Possibilities Tue 8 Dec

Hydrogen is the earth's commonest element. When it is produced using renewable energy or processes, it can be compressed and stored or converted to ammonia, and shipped to where it's needed, for use when it's needed. When it's burnt, it produces just energy and water vapour. No carbon dioxide. But it requires energy to make it in the first place. Nicky Ison, Energy Transition Manager at WWF, and formerly from the Institute for Sustainable Futures, will explain the role of hydrogen in making the fullest use of renewable energy – and the things to watch for.

How Green is your Money? Tue 13th October

Australian banks, super funds and insurance companies play a major role in propping up polluting industries. How can we use our power as citizens, customers and shareholders to make sure money flows to companies and projects that are not destroying the Earth's capacity to sustain life?

Pablo Brait has dedicated his life over the past decade to speeding up the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy. working on community campaigns in Victoria, NSW and Queensland against inappropriate coal and coal seam gas developments and in favour of renewable energy. Currently he is a campaigner with Market Forces, a group that pressures financial institutions to shift money away from fossil fuels .

The session was hosted by ABC Radio's Finance reporter Sue Lannin.

Solar Gridlock? Tue 11th August

The grid wasn't designed for input from millions of domestic solar panels. What needs to change so it can take advantage of this source of electricity?

Guest speaker Hugh Saddler is the author of a book on Australian energy policy, Energy in Australia and over 50 scientific papers, monographs and articles on energy technology and environmental policy. He is recognised as one of Australia's leading experts in this field. Hugh's talk showed the contribution of the various methods of electricity generation in Australia, both at present and in the options modelled in AEMO's latest Integrated System Plan. The graphs shown in this video may be viewed here.

Dual Crises: Covid-19 & Climate Change, Wed 10 June

Dan Gocher from the Australian Centre for Corporate Responsibility was a first for Climate in the Pub (Home Delivery). More than thirty people had Climate in the Pub delivered to their homes on Zoom. Dan's talk, complete with slides, went without a hitch and was very well received.

Past meetings

Since April 2020, meetings have been online, and video recordings can be seen above.
Posters for all our meetings are displayed below.
Reports on our earlier meetings (back to 2015) are here.

February 2021

April 2021

June 2020

August 2020

October 2020

December 2020


October 2019


December 2019


February 2020


April 2020 (cancelled)


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June 2019

CITP-Aug2019-flyerA4 V2.pdf

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February 2018


October 2016


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