Abstract: Climate-action groups (CAGs), whose members are highly motivated and publicly engaged citizens, have emerged in recent years within Australia. This paper draws from a multiple case study of eight Australian CAGs. It considers what distinguishes CAGs within third-sector environmental organisations active on climate change; what CAGs can tell us about the characteristics of people who join similar grassroots TSOs concerned with environmental and sustainability issues; and whether and how CAGs enhance the individual and collective motivations of their members in voluntary climate-change mitigation. The paper argues that CAGs are distinct from the centrally organised and established Australian environmental non-government organisations working in the climate-change policy arena. They are strongly associated with place, and enhance both individual and collective motivations for voluntary climate-change mitigation. CAGs, as grassroots 'niches', challenge the dominant discourses of unsustainability, as they allow actors to develop alternative practices and provide pathways to a low-carbon society.
To cite this article: Kent, Jenny. Third-sector organisations and climate change: A case study of Australian climate-action groups [online]. Third Sector Review, Vol. 18, No. 1, 2012: 53-76.
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