Invitation to the Act on Climate Festival in Geelong


Build a better, safer, future for all

The Geelong Act on Climate Festival official program has been released

This year between 20th and 23rd November, Geelong is hosting a community festival to empower people with ways they can act on climate change. The event will showcase positive solutions that encourage our community to Act on Climate and help build a better, safer, future for all. The festival is an initiative of Geelong Sustainability and is supported by local government, business and community.


Festival Coordinator Dan Cowdell explains in brief what the festival is all about:

Download the audiofile (mp3 file in 128 kbps for broadcast)

» Dan Cowdell was guest in Mitchell’s Frontpage on 94.7 The Pulse on Monday 16 November: (8:28 minutes)

Festival encourages us to act on climate

The Act on Climate Festival is opened by Victorian Minister for Climate Lisa Neville at Simonds Stadium Friday evening, where she will be joined by Cr Andy Richards, Prof David Karoly, Bob Welsh, Victoria McKenzie-McHarg, Adam Majcher and Jack Nyhof, among others.

The event is a response to the UN Summit in Paris which starts in two weeks. The purpose of the festival is to showcase positive solutions that not only reduces our carbon footprint but also saves us money and creates new jobs. 

On Saturday, a family fun event with market stalls, music, face painting and other activities will roll out on the Geelong waterfront at Steampacket Gardens. The event has free admission and features performances by South Geelong Primary School Choir, The Solar Buskers, Geelong Folk Music Club, and more.

Monday evening highlights the Geelong premiere of the American film ‘This Changes Everything’. A panel lead by Doug Mann will be discussing the film afterwards. The speakers include Cr Andy Richards, Rev Peter Martin, and Sam Smith. Courthouse. Tickets: $15

More actitivites and events are listed on 
For information and interviews, contact Festival Coordinator Dan Cowdell on 0428 944 929

» Take part in the preparations for Saturday’s live radio broadcast at Steampacket Gardens:
Nominate the three best news stories about climate action

See the action packed events lineup below:

1. October Green Drinks & Program Launch
2. Opening Night and Keynote Address
3. Market Day
4. Run Geelong – Act on Climate Team
5. ‘This Changes Everything’ Film Premier
5. Media Coverage

View the Event Program Online


Download the Event Flyer and Program here

October Green Drinks & Program Launch

Matching Climate Goals With Climate Reality

Guest Speaker:  Author Philip Sutton, Author of Striking Targets and Climate Code Red
Plus Events Program Launch: A run down of all the Act on Climate Festival events happening in November.
What: October Green Drinks – The Restoration of a Safe Climate
When: 5:30pm, Wednesday 28th October 2015
Where: Beav’s Bar, 77 Lt Malop Street, Geelong
RSVP & More Info:

Opening Night and Keynote Address

A thought provoking and inspiring evening where together we focus on how our community can Act on Climate and build a better, safety future for all. The evening will feature keynote speeches from prominent experts in the fields of climate change, renewable energy, and economics. Followed by a discussion panel with keynote speakers and local climate change representatives.

Climate Change, Crisis and Opportunity – Prof David Karoly, Professor of Atmospheric Science, University of Melbourne

The Economics of Climate Change – Bob Welsh, Executive Director Sustainability Advisers, former CEO of VIC Super

Climate Justice and the Role of Community – Victoria McKenzie-McHarg, Climate Manager at Australian Conservation Foundation

Pathways to a Low Carbon FutureHow Australia can build a prosperous clean economy – Adam Majcher, Engagement Manager at ClimateWorks

The evening will conclude with tea, coffee and finger food and an opportunity to network with the community.

What: Opening Night of the Act on Climate Festival
When: 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Friday 20th November 2015
Where: Simonds Stadium – Captains Room in the Premiership Stand, South Geelong
RSVP required, entry via gold coin donation
RSVP & More Info:


Act on Climate Festival – Market Day

On Saturday the 21st of November, Geelong Sustainability is running a Community Market Day as part of the Act on Climate Festival. This event will showcase positive solutions that encourage our community to Act on Climate – to build a better, safer, future for all.

Market Day is a family fun event with market stalls, information, music, activities, and places for the general public to sit and relax. Located on the Geelong waterfront at Steampacket Gardens, the event is ideally located for a family outing.

What: Act on Climate Festival – Market Day
Where: Steampacket Gardens, Eastern Beach, Geelong
When: 10:00am – 2:00pm, Saturday 21st November 2015
RSVP & More Info:

We are currently booking exhibitor spots for the market day – be part of this exciting event!
Become an exhibitor: Let us know you’d like to become an exhibitor here

Run Geelong – Act on Climate Team

“Join me in the run to help save our future while supporting two awesome causes at the same time. It’s all about coming together and having a bit of a laugh and fun on the way. We have a voice and together we will use it to get Geelong to Act on Climate” says 14-year-old Act On Climate Team Ambassador Jack Nyhof from Geelong High School.

We have established a team as part of Run Geelong. The ‘Act on Climate Team’ will join in on the 6Km Run / Walk at Run Geelong.

What: Run Geelong – Act on Climate Team

Where: 9:00am, Sunday 22nd November

When: Eastern Park Circuit, Geelong

RSVP & More Info:

‘This Changes Everything’ Geelong Film Premier 


What if confronting the climate crisis is the best chance we’ll ever get to build a better world?

Filmed over 211 shoot days in nine countries and five continents over four years, This Changes Everything is an epic attempt to re-imagine the vast challenge of climate change.

Directed by Avi Lewis, and inspired by Naomi Klein’s international non-fiction bestseller This Changes Everything, the film presents seven powerful portraits of communities on the front lines, from Montana’s Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond.

Tea, coffee and finger food will be provided after the film screening.
Tickets are selling quick – Book now to avoid disappointment.

Ticket price is $15
What: ‘This Changes Everything’ Film Premier
Where: 7:00pm- 9:00pm, Monday 23rd November 2015
When: Courthouse Youth Arts, 60 Little Malop Street, Geelong
Tickets & More Info:


More Information

The Act on Climate Festival is an initiative of Geelong Sustainability and is supported by Future Proofing Geelong, Sustainability Victoria, local business and the community.

The Festival is occurring at the same time as a number of global campaigns, events and initiatives in the lead up to the United Nations Climate Summit in Paris.

Event program and more information –

Act on Climate Festival on Facebook –

Download the event flyer

For more information please contact Event Organiser Dan Cowdell on 0428 944 929 or

Copyright © 2015 Geelong Sustainability Group, All rights reserved.

Media coverage

“Perhaps the strongest, simplest message came from 14 year-old student Jack Nyhof. To conclude the night a panel style discussion allowed for multiple questions and statements. One question put to the panel was, “What is the best measure our community can take against climate change?”. Jack simply answered “Education”.”

Built to Bloom blogpost by Ryan Hennessy about the Act on Climate festival opening night



Geelong Advertiser 16 November 2015
Geelong Advertiser 16 November 2015

Surf Coast Times – 12 November 2015

Geelong Independent – 6 November 2015

Geelong Independent – 13 November 2015