CLIMATE 200

About Us

Climate 200 is a community crowd-funded initiative that supports political candidates committed to:

  • A science-based response to the climate crisis;
  • Restoring integrity to politics; and
  • Advancing gender equity.
Climate 200 was established in the lead up to the 2019 federal election by a group of concerned Australians who realised we cannot stand on the sidelines and let climate science denial and vested interests delay meaningful action on climate change.
Our vision is for every government in Australia to adopt a science-based response to the climate crisis.
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.
If you run a community-backed campaign whose values align with those of our donors then we’d love to hear from you.
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What we do

1. Strategic communications to support community independents and position them as an effective, credible and desirable solution to breaking the deadlock in Australian politics.

2. Analytics to identify the best values-aligned campaigns in the most strategic electorates, and support them with the data and research they need to run effective and efficient campaigns.

3. Campaign engagement to support community groups and their candidates have the tools, strategies, and expertise needed to win.

4. Direct funding to candidates with the best chances of success or highest strategic impact.

The 2022 federal election is just the beginning… Help us continue pushing for greater action on climate, integrity and gender equality.

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Who we are

We draw on the insights and wisdom of a highly experienced team of professionals who contribute deep expertise and complementary skills.

Our team

Simon Holmes à Court
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.
Susie Bayes
Susie Bayes
Head of Community
Susie is a purpose-driven partnership specialist focussed on systemic change. She was formerly Guardian Australia’s Head of Philanthropy and Partnerships, funding investigative journalism for impact. She served on the board of the Banksia Foundation for sustainability from 2017-22 and is a purpose-driven mentor.
Byron Fay
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.
Claire Snyder
Claire Snyder
Head of Communications & Analytics
Claire is a communications expert focused on climate communications and political advocacy. She has worked with the Environmental Defenders Office, 350.org.au, Oxfam International, Greenpeace, Change.org and many other organisations on campaign strategies. She previously helped to start the Climate Council and served on the boards of the Australian Youth Climate Coalition and the Human Rights Film Festival.
Jim Middleton
Jim Middleton
Media Advisor
Jim Middleton is one of Australia’s most recognisable and respected national press gallery veterans. He is deeply established in the political landscape after a 45 year career as senior political journalist, foreign correspondent and TV news presenter.

Our Advisory Council

Anna Josephson
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).
John Hewson AM
John Hewson AM
Advisory Council
John was the Liberal Member for Wentworth 1987–1995, leader of the Liberal Party 1990–1994, followed by successful academic and corporate career.
Barry Jones AC
Barry Jones AC
Advisory Council
Barry was Labor Member for Lalor 1977–1998, former Minister for Science and National President of the Labor Party. Author, academic, and advocate for federal climate action since 1984.
Meg Lees AO
Meg Lees AO
Advisory Council
Meg was a Senator for SA from 1990 to 2005, including leader of the Australian Democrats from 1997 to 2001. She has also been a teacher, CEO and Paralegal. Meg has a lifelong commitment to a range of environmental issues and organisations.
Tony Windsor
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.
Dr Kerryn Phelps AM
Dr Kerryn Phelps AM
Advisory Council
Kerryn was the independent member for the federal seat of Wentworth from 2018-19. She was Deputy Lord Mayor of Sydney in 2016-2017. Kerryn has an extensive background in medicine and public health. She was the first woman to be elected president of the Australian Medical Association (2000-2003), and was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2011 for her service to medicine.
Rob Oakeshott
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.
Kiera Peacock
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. Kiera provides legal services to Climate 200.
Damien Hodgkinson
Damien Hodgkinson
Advisory Council, Director
Damien is the Principal at Olvera Advisors and specialist in financial management, budgeting and AEC reporting for federal electoral campaigns. Damien provides accounting services to Climate 200.