About Us

Diplomats for Climate Action Now is open to all former Australian diplomats, foreign, trade and development officers who are concerned about climate change. We conduct respectful, open debate on climate policy issues. We are an apolitical group but not afraid to call out bad policy and bad decisions when we see them. We are focused on highlighting the reputational risks to Australia of bad climate policy, and the importance for Australia and our Indo-Pacific region of cooperation in meeting the challenges of climate change adaptation and mitigation. We recognise that what we do in our own backyard matters to others; and that we have a responsibility to our children and descendants, and to our nation to leave behind a better world than that which we inherited.

Diplomats for Climate Action Now membership collectively brings extensive experience developing policy and representing Australia overseas and in international fora. It includes experts in trade negotiations, development assistance, public diplomacy, nuclear disarmament and more. Members have served in all corners of the world. They include people who have worked at the most senior levels engaging with Heads of Government, as well as those who have experienced the painstaking work at the ground level of gathering evidence, developing ideas, generating support and effecting real change. In addition to our shared connection to DFAT, Austrade or the former AusAID, members bring perspectives and wisdom from their work with other organisations – as volunteers in the community, researchers and commentators, or from the private or not-for-profit sectors. We come together to advocate for a re-orientation of Australia’s foreign policy to put climate change at the centre.

If you wish to join us and meet our membership criteria (see above), please email us at [email protected] with your name, brief information about your former key postings and positions in DFAT, Austrade or the former AusAID, and provide your email address.