Movement For Life
When you volunteer with us you will be joining the community organising program putting the power back in the hands of the people.
When it comes to how we feel about nature, we have more in common with each other than we might think.
Movement For Life is a community of like-minded people who together are growing an unstoppable network to give nature a voice that can’t be ignored.
Together, we’re changing the way we talk about nature, one conversation at a time.
Be part of it
Communities across Australia have come together to form 35 (and growing!) local Movement For Life groups who are making a real, tangible change for our living world. They are trained and supported by one of Australia’s longest-standing and most successful environmental organisations.
By being involved in your local Movement For Life team you will get the chance to contribute to meaningful work that delivers actual results including campaigns, tree plantings, political engagement, community gatherings, forums, door knocks, clean up days and much more.
And when our state and national environment need us, we come together to form an unstoppable force.
Community organising works
People care...we know that! But for too long we’ve felt alone and isolated watching from a distance while the top end of town makes decisions based on vested interests about our local, state, and national environment. The thing is - we’re not alone, we just need to get organised!
Our challenge isn’t changing people’s minds. It’s simply finding each other, connecting, and offering a way to make a difference that is accessible for all, no matter your age, skill set, experience, or free time at your disposal.
Community organising gives us the tools to create long term change from the grassroots level, not band-aid solutions, and with every win we have our movement’s power grows.
"Working on the Change the Laws of Nature Campaign has been a privilege and revelation. Over hundreds of conversations with everyday people, I came to realise there is an agreement that our environment is fragile, unique, and precious and must be protected. As an elderly gentleman said to me while door-knocking, "we don't own the natural world, we hold it in trust for our children." - Jon MaClean, QLD
"I didn’t realise before this training how easy it is to get involved in community-based movements and how much of a positive impact it can make! People power is the only possible way to see change in society." Brooke, WA
“Movement For Life provides practical, hands-on training in working effectively with people, managing community groups and organising community events. We can bring about any social change through proper community organising.” Jasbir, NSW
“The course helped to show me the power of a collective, and reinforce the role relationships play in creating lasting change. I left the training feeling motivated, thankful to have met so many passionate individuals, and excited for what the future holds.” Luke, SA
"Big issues like climate change and deforestation can seem overwhelming. But feeling empowered to make a change can give you direction, hope and happiness." Stephanie, WA
Ready to get involved?
Get involved, get empowered and share your values across your community — and the country.
Why our decision-makers can no longer ignore us
- We’ve already trained 2,000+ leaders to create change, and we’re with them every step of the way.
- We’re running regular trainings, honed in community organising practices from around the world, in communities right across Australia.
- We are having hundreds of conversations every week and speaking to audiences our movement has never spoken to before.
- We're expanding to an unprecedented scale by training volunteers to develop their own teams and train and empower their peers to drive the change they want to see.
When you volunteer with Movement For Life, you join like-minded people within your community to address local environmental concerns, as well as national issues like climate change and biodiversity loss, and gain a sense of empowerment and perhaps most importantly, hope. Below, meet people from up and down the country who have channelled their passion for nature and taken the next step.
“I got involved with Movement For Life because I just thought unless I get involved in some way, how are things going to change? We may be individuals and often we feel like we are on our own and we can’t do anything. But when we realise there are other people who feel the same way and we come together - we can achieve anything.” - David, QLD
“I've got two granddaughters and I don't want to leave the world in a worse state than when I was born. Our politicians are accountable to us, and we need to know what they’re doing in our name. So I'm all for meeting with your MP and making submissions.” - retired teacher Diana, NSW. Photo: Diana and fellow Movement For Life members meeting with Trent Zimmerman, MP for North Sydney.
"The 5-day advanced training very much reinforced how everyone has something different to bring to the table. People can tap into their communities by doing their own thing. I love creating art, and I am passionate about saving our threatened species. That's why I decided to create our Art & Activism group as part of Movement For Life," - Declan, VIC
"I have gained invaluable interpersonal skills; I feel more confident starting conversations with strangers than I did before. I’ve also made so many new friends, young and old, and from different walks of life," - Amanda, Qld