CLIMATE 200

About Us

Climate 200 was born out of the realisation that we cannot stand on the sidelines and let climate science denial and vested interests delay meaningful action on climate change.

We are a non-profit established in the lead up to the 2019 federal election by a group of concerned Australians who want to see more political representatives with the courage and vision to seize the incredible economic opportunity decarbonisation presents to Australia.

We also strongly believe that the growing lack of accountability and integrity that has damaged our democratic institutions needs to be urgently addressed.

In 2019 we raised nearly $500,000 in donations and backed 12 values-aligned candidates, including Helen Haines, Kerryn Phelps, Rebekha Sharkie, Julia Banks, and Oliver Yates.

The experience taught us a lot. We're using the lessons learnt to take our impact to the next level.

With your help, we can make a meaningful contribution to delivering a federal parliament where a clear majority of elected representatives are ambitious on both climate action and restoring integrity to politics.

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Why Integrity?

Without a suite of integrity measures — political donation reform, shutting down the revolving door between politicians and lobbyists, and an effective national anti-corruption commission — democracy will continue to be undermined by vested interests and voter apathy.

Increasing government accountability, reducing the influence of vested interests and greater elector engagement is the key to unlocking progress in a wide range of areas, not just climate change.
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Meet the team

We draw on the insights and wisdom of a highly experienced team of professionals who contribute deep expertise and complementary skills.
Simon Holmes à Court
Convenor
Simon is a senior advisor to the Climate and Energy College at Melbourne University. Simon is also a cleantech investor, climate philanthropist and a director of the Smart Energy Council and the Australian Environmental Grant-makers Network.
Byron Fay
Executive Director
Byron is a climate strategist, former Paris Agreement negotiator and adviser to the Independent Senator Tim Storer. Byron worked for a Biden-aligned Political Action Committee during the 2020 US presidential election, holds a Masters of Public Policy from the University of Oxford, and is a proud descendant of the Dharug nation.
Anna Josephson
Advisory Council
Anna is a tech entrepreneur and climate philanthropist. Anna was on the Advisory Committee and in charge of fundraising for independent MP Zali Steggall in the 2019 federal election and is the co-founder of Warringah Independent (campaign entity supporting Zali Steggall).
Anthony Reed
Advisory Council
Anthony is an experienced political strategist and campaign manager. Oversaw Zali Steggall's successful campaign in the 2019 federal election and Kerryn Phelps' victory in the 2018 Wentworth by-election.
Kiera Peacock
Advisory Council
Kiera is a Partner at Marque Lawyers with expertise in electoral and climate law. She ran the Court of Disputed Returns challenge following the 2019 federal election that clarified the law on misleading electoral advertising.
Julia Banks
Advisory Council
Julia is an author, businesswoman and Liberal Member for Chisholm 2016–2018. She was an independent from 2018–2019. Julia has a focus on gender equal representation and workplace culture for women in politics.
Rob Oakeshott
Advisory Council
Rob was the Independent MP for Lyne in the Australian Parliament from 2008-2013. Prior to this, he was NSW State MP for Port Macquarie from 1995-2008. He published a book on his experience: The Independent Member for Lyne. Rob now teaches environmental and business law and is studying medicine.
Tony Windsor
Advisory Council
Tony was the independent member for the federal seat of New England from 2001 to 2013. Prior to that, he was the independent member for the seat of Tamworth in the NSW Legislative Assembly. Tony is a farmer and an economist.