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Climate 200 is not a party. It does not start campaigns, select candidates, speak for candidates, dictate policies, or have members.
We simply give strong community campaigns a leg up with funding and support.
Greg, retired, Mackellar
Jule Green, retired, Braidwood, Southern Highlands, NSW
Ben Jowett, electrical fitter, Tarana, Central West NSW
Jennifer Campbell, retired urban planner, Kalang, Mid-north coast, NSW
Volunteers are the lifeblood of community-driven campaigns: it’s better to have a hundred friends, than a hundred dollars.
Unpaid and undeterred, volunteers take on the unglamourous backroom tasks so the candidate has the opportunity to engage with their electorate.
Pulling together maps and inputting data, replacing defaced yard signs, responding to media, designing t-shirts and creating TikToks.
Volunteers are ambassadors for democracy, done right.
As the votes are counted, we’ll soon know how many independents have been elected and how many others have pushed previously “safe” seats marginal.
But even before that final tally is known, it’s clear that democracy, communities and the independents are already the big winners in this election.A groundswell of support behind the community independents movement has given Australians hope and is restoring faith in a damaged democracy.
Change is coming. And not a moment too soon.