Notice: Climate Action Blue Mountains is no longer an incorporated association, as of 1 April 2016. The committee took the difficult decision in 2015 to disband the formal organisation and pursue local climate action initiatives through other existing bodies, in particular the Blue Mountains Conservation Society. We encourage all existing supporters and interested individuals to join with the Consveration Society, Transition Blue Mountains and other local groups to pursue local action for a safe climate. We plan to maintain our Facebook page as a means of sharing information and promoting local climate action initiatives.

Thank you to everyone who participated in Climate Action BM (aka Katoomba Climate Action Now) over the years and helped make our campaigns, initiatives and events a success.

Thank you for your understanding.

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Divestment Day Blue Mtns: Feb 2015

At 12pm, Friday 13 February, Blue Mountains residents will gather at the Katoomba Hall (old Library) Forecourt as part of Global Divestment Day to send a message to the banks that we don’t want our money invested in fossil fuels.

Register to come along below, join the event on facebook and spread the word.

Register to be part of Global Divestment Day Blue Mtns: 13 Feb 2015

Divestment Day Promo

We are at a critical moment in our response to climate change, but while the fossil fuel industry holds the balance of power, politicians won’t take the steps necessary to really address the climate crisis.

That’s why Climate Action Blue Mountains is inviting you to directly challenge the power of these rogue corporations by joining Global Divestment Day Blue Mountains at 12pm midday, Friday 13 February in Katoomba.

The global fossil fuel divestment movement is gaining momentum, with tens of cities, universities, religious institutions and thousands of individuals moving their money out of banks, superannuation funds and investments that support fossil fuel companies and their corrupting influence.

This is a great opportunity to be part of something historic which is having a real impact on climate policy.

Moving your money out of fossil fuels is simple:

  1. Open an account with a bank which doesn’t invest in fossil fuels (list here)
  2. Move your transactions across to your new account/s
  3. Come along to Global Divestment Day Blue Mtns, close your old account and tell your bank and other people why you did it.

Check out this page at Market Forces for more information and resources on switching banks or get in touch and Climate Action Blue Mountains can help you out.

Whether you’ve already moved your money to a bank that doesn’t invest in fossil fuels or you are just starting out on the journey, we’d love to see you at Global Divestment Day Blue Mountains on Friday 13 February in Katoomba. On the day, we’ll be taking photos and inviting the local press, so we want to have as many people there as possible.

What is fossil fuel divestment all about?

Divestment is about solving climate change by moving your money – going fossil free with your funds.

Individuals and institutions all over the world are getting rid of investments in fossil fuels. The Australian National University received a lot of attention and praise recently when it became the first Australian university to publicly divest from a number of fossil fuel companies including coal seam gas giant Santos.

Individuals are moving their money out of banks which invest in fossil fuels. In October, the National Day of Divestment attracted many people across the country. If you have an account with a bank which invests in fossil fuels (yep, that includes the big four in Australia: ANZ, Commonwealth, National and Westpac), closing that account is a way that you can contribute to the transition to renewable energy. It is straightforward to do and has the potential to make fossil fuel projects (such as the coal terminal they want to build in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area, Abbot Point) unviable.

Check out the great infographic and find out more at and see the Global Divestment Day pages here.

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Join us for a Cuppa Sunshine

Katoomba Cuppa Sunshine PromoYou are invited to join us for a Cuppa Sunshine this Saturday 23 August to celebrate solar and ensure it has a bright future.

When: 3pm, Saturday 23 August
Where: St Hilda’s church hall, 68a Katoomba St, Katoomba.
What: a cuppa and chat, writing a letter to our cross bench senators about solar power.
RSVP: On Facebook or below

Climate Action Blue Mountains is hosting a Cuppa Sunshine afternoon tea because Australia’s best solar policy, the Renewable Energy Target, is under threat right now and ensuring the cross-bench senators don’t allow it to be cut is one of the best ways we can secure a renewable energy future.

Cuppa Sunshine is an initiative of Solar Citizens, an independent, community-based organisation bringing together millions of solar owners and supporters to grow and protect solar in Australia.

This week, hundreds of people are gathering all around Australia to put ol’ fashioned pen to paper and show our cross bench senators just how deeply Australians care about a strong solar future.

There’s no question that the future of solar in Australia hangs in the balance – at the whims of a handful of politicians in the Senate. It’s up to us to make sure those senators stay strong and protect the most important policy for the solar in Australia, the Renewable Energy Target.

RSVP for the Katoomba Cuppa Sunshine

Notice of AGM 2014

The Annual General Meeting will be a low-key event again this year. However, we do really need more people on the committee – we are at risk of not meeting our required numbers with a couple of people stepping aside. Join us for lunch – bring a plate of food to share. Lunch will be followed by a short official meeting to elect the committee and consider a small proposed change to our constitution. Download the agenda and special resolution here.

Membership fees will also be due – $15 waged or $10 unwaged (ask us for bank details if you want to do an online transfer). If you’d like to join the committee you can nominate on the day. We are always looking for new ideas and enthusiasm! Phone Erland on 0408 255 583 to find out what’s involved.

Map of LeuraWhen: 12pm, Sat 26 July
Where: 33 Wentworth St, Leura
What: AGM of Climate Action Blue Mountains Inc.

Notice of AGM 2013

12 noon, Sat 20 July – 35 Explorers Rd, Glenbrook

The Annual General Meeting will be a low-key event this year. Join us for lunch at Andrew’s house (just around the corner from Glenbrook markets at Glenbrook Public School that morning) – bring a plate of food to share. Lunch will be followed by a short official meeting to elect our committee and general discussion about our current campaigns. Download the agenda here.

Membership fees will also be due – $15 waged or $10 unwaged (ask us for bank details if you want to do an online transfer). If you’d like to join the committee you can nominate on the day. We are always looking for new ideas and enthusiasm! Phone Sue on 0418 292 672 to find out what’s involved.

Notice of Special Resolution: Change of Name
The AGM will be considering a special resolution (download here) to change our name to Climate Action Blue Mountains. For some time we had been hoping to establish a new group in the lower Blue Mountains, but as this now seems unlikely we have decided to change our name to better reflect our current membership which includes residents across the Blue Mountains local government area.


Talk: Coal v Tourism + Notice of KatoombaCAN AGM

Conflict on the Western Front: Coal v Tourism

Join us for a talk by Bev Smiles, followed by KatoombaCAN”s Annual General Meeting. Bev will update on the massive coal & coal seam gas expansion occurring west and north-west of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. Local communities are under siege and long term economic opportunities such as eco-tourism are being undermined. Find out how you can help hold back this mining tsunami. Bev is chairperson of Mudgee District Environment Group and Convenor of Nature Conservation Council”s Mining & Gas Working Group.

7pm, Wed 5 Dec, MCRN Meeting Room
Lawson Library, cnr San Jose Ave & Loftus St


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Everyone is welcome to attend both the talk and our AGM. It would be great to see some new faces on the committee to join some exciting election year campaigns in 2013. If you”d like to find out more about how you can get involved email or drop a line on our Facebook page.

Video: The Power to Change to Renewables Forum

Late last month, Katoomba Area Climate Action Now, Permaculture Blue Mountains and Transition Blue Mountains hosted a great forum on renewable energy. If you missed it, watch the video below – a set of three clear, informative presentations on renewable energy.

Renewable Energy Forum with Dr Mark Diesendorf (University of NSW) John Kaye (NSW MP) and Sue Morrison (Katoomba Area Climate Action Now); talking on the technology, politics and grassroots aspects of investing in renewable energy.

Newsletter 12 Aug: Carbon price, coal seam gas & door-knocking

  1. Help needed: Door-knocking in Penrith next weekend
  2. Event: Defend our Water
  3. Event: Environment & Spirituality, what’s the connection?
  4. Event: A price on carbon: beyond the media hype
  5. Meeting: Local branch of Alternative Technology Association

KACAN surveying Springwood residents, May 2011

The KACAN committee meets monthly (2nd Tue of the month) and you are very welcome to attend a meeting, make suggestions and take part in discussion. Our sister group Transition Blue Mountains has other events you may wish to put in your diary. Please feel free to get in touch for meeting details or any other matter.

1. Door-knocking in Penrith
10am Sun 21 August

100% Renewable and the Say Yes campaign together with Sheryl Vine from the Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union invite you and your friends to get out and talk to community members, friends and neighbors about the carbon price next weekend.

10am-2.30pm Sunday August 21st at Tench Reserve, Penrith (click here for directions)

This year, our politicians need to stop saying no or maybe, they need to say YES. We know they listen to their communities, but we’re concerned the benefits of a price on pollution haven’t been communicated clearly – that’s why we need to get out and talk to our friends and neighbours.

Already over 20 people have said they will join so come along on Sunday August 21st and have an impact on the future of action on climate and renewable energy in Australia. Plus, there’ll be a barbecue afterwards!

RSVP here or on the Facebook event page

We’ll provide all training and materials. You just need to bring a smile, bottle of water, sunscreen or umbrella, smart casual attire, and comfy shoes.

2. Event: Defend our Water Tour by Lock the Gate

Members of the Lock the Gate Alliance are travelling round the state to inform people about coal seam gas and its implications for local communities. There are two public meetings:

7pm Monday 15 August at the Conservation Hut, Fletcher St, Wentworth Falls

7pm Tuesday 16 August at Springwood Community Centre

3. Event: Environment & Spirituality – What’s the Connection?

2pm – 4.30pm, Sat 20 August, Mavis Wood Hall, Mid Mountains Neighbourhood Centre, New Street, Lawson

Entry: gold coin (includes refreshments)

Come along to a forum that examines the connections and responsibilities between spiritual traditions and environmental issues. Consider the question – what changes do we need to make as individuals and as a community to achieve understanding, cooperation and action? Hosted by the Blue Mountains Interfaith Group, comprising the Christian, Buddhist, Sufi, Quakers and Brahma Kumaris traditions.


  • Aunty Lyn Stanger – Welcome to country. Discussing Indigenous spiritual connections to land.
  • Professor Mark Diesendorf – UNSW Institute of Environmental Studies. Discussing scientific and ethical perspectives.
  • John Seed – Founder and Director the Rainforest Information Centre. Discussing spirituality and practical environmentalism.

Don’t miss it – there will be an open discussion and cups of tea. For more information, contact Alison Croft 4757 4394 or Jessica Yuille 4757 3686.

4. Event: A Price on Carbon: beyond the media hype

3pm – 5pm Saturday 27 August at the Masonic Hall, Station St, Katoomba

Neil Perry, Margaret Moussa and Edward Mariyani-Squire, economists from University of Western Sydney share their perspectives on some of the broader issues and concepts involved in the carbon pricing debate in Australia, including:

  • What are the economic assumptions behind pricing carbon?
  • Claims made by government, media & interest groups – true or false?
  • A price on carbon – reducing emissions or redistributing income (or both)?
  • Is industry compensation necessary?

There will be an opportunity to ask questions and engage in in-depth discussion with these independent experts. Entry by donation. Enquiries ph. Clare 4782 4897 or

5. Meeting: Local branch of the Alternative Technology Association (ATA)

7pm, last Wednesday of the month at Varuna, 141 Cascade St, Katoomba

There will be a variety of guest speakers and film screenings on all matters related to sustainable technologies. Watch out for any special events in Community Happenings in the Blue Mountains Gazette. All welcome – come along and contribute ideas! Tea/coffee supplied – donations requested to cover meeting expenses. More info: Garry ( or about the ATA, visit:

Winter Magic Festival 2011

Our spectacular, sunny renewable energy contingent in this year’s Winter Magic Festival was one of the brightest.

We teamed up with Transition Blue Mountains and the Blue Mountains Conservation Society to create a series of renewable-energy themed props that added a glow to the mid-winter day. Many supporters cheered us on from the crowd of thousands of onlookers lining Katoomba St.

100pc Renewable Energy in the Winter Magic Parade

We also held a stall just near the station where we completed the last of our 100% renewable energy campaign conversations.

Here’s a few more photos from the day. Click the thumbnails for larger versions.

Katoomba Area Climate Action Now & AYCC in the Winter Magic Parade 100% Renewable Energy - Winter Magic Festival Solar Power: 100% Renewables in the Winter Magic Parade Tall Poppies: Solar Power Parade at Winter Magic 2011 Cool Sun - Renewable Energy in Winter Magic Parade 2011 Turn on the Sun

Direct Action

Climate Action Blue Mountains supports the use of non-violent direct action as a tactic in the struggle to address the climate crisis.

To this end, we also support Climate Camp – currently the only mass direct action camp on climate change in Australia – and our members attended both Climate Camp 2009 (Helensburgh, NSW) and Climate Camp 2010 (Hunter Valley, NSW).

Climate Camps are held each year around the globe to raise awareness about climate change issues, explore sustainable living practices, build a strong people’s movement and take non-violent direct action to confront the root causes of climate change.

Climate Camp 2009 focused on the expansion of longwall mining at the Metropolitan Colliery and its impacts on Sydney’s water supply catchments. Find out more about the impact of mining on rivers here.

Climate Camp 2010 focused on the approved concept plans for a new 2,000 megawatt coal power station at the site of Australia’s equal biggest single source of pollution – Bayswater Power Station near Muswellbrook in the Upper Hunter Valley, NSW. Read more here.

Interested in joining with like-minded locals in non-violent direct action on climate change? Get in touch here.

Events & Outreach

A big part of our work is in talking to the local community about climate change. We hold street and market stalls, put on events such as forums and film nights and participate in a number of festivals in the Blue Mountains.

Katoomba Area Climate Action Now members regularly march in the Katoomba Street parade at the Winter Magic Festival and put on sustainable living and campaign stalls at both festivals and markets.

We also participated in the Footbeat Festival and took part in the Festival photograph for the global campaign.