What we do Projects Climate Change and Environment Program We are partnering with Museums Victoria and The Royal Society of Victoria to make climate action a priority for neighbourhood houses in 2021. The aim of the Climate Change and Environment program is to generate community conversations and greater local action on the issue of climate change, through a number of initiatives taking place across the year: National Science Week Grants Thriving Future Workshops Expert Connections Forums Share your climate change story Nominate for the Climate Action Award Important dates of recognition Resources Watch the information session to find out more: National Science Week Grants These small grants will help neighbourhood houses deliver events for National Science Week in August. As part of Inspiring Victoria's National Science Week theme, ACCLIMATISE, the events will showcase local initiatives or projects in any of the sciences associated with sustainability. Applications closed 5pm, 31 March. For more information about the grants, read the grant guidelines (pdf) or call our Grants Officer Emily Harnett on 0428 964 817. Thriving Future Workshops This short workshop series takes a conversational approach to understanding the many faces of climate change and its local impacts. Together the course participants will answer ‘What can we do for a thriving future and how do we get there?’ Perfect for houses who are keen to make a change but are not sure where to start. Registrations for the April/May series have closed. Expert Connections Forums Expand your knowledge about the impacts of climate change with these free webinars facilitated by expert guest speakers: 1 April: Platypus and the changing environment - what's needed to help populations thrive in future? 27 May: Frogs, bogs, bushfire – how will Australian frogs survive climate change? You can register here for the above forums. More to be announced across the year. Share your climate change story Inspire other community organisations and get the recognition you deserve by sharing your story on the Museums Victoria website. Nominate for the Climate Action Award A new category as part of our 2021 NHVic Awards, this is for projects, programs or initiatives which address the climate emergency on a local level. Applications are now open until 16 April. Important dates to recognise Plan activities and/or promote these important dates: 27 March: Earth Hour (8.30pm-9.30pm AEST) 22 April: Earth Day 5 June: World Environment Day 1-31 July: Plastic Free July 1 August: National Tree Day 14-22 August: National Science Week 8-14 November: National Recycling Week Resources Social Media tiles We have developed a series of social media square tiles which you can download and share to your social media channels to demonstrate the practical ways individuals and local communities can combat climate change. Download the social media tiles (zip folder) Useful links to learn more about climate change: Sustainable Development Goal 13: Climate ActionThe United Nations' 17 Sustainable Development Goals includes taking urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts. State of the Climate 2020State of the Climate draws on the latest climate research, encompassing observations, analyses and projections to describe year-to-year variability and longer-term changes in Australia’s climate. Recent State Government announcements: Mordialloc Freeway recycled plastic noise walls a world first (1 March) Victoria taking action on single-use plastics (27 February) Electric vehicle technology pulls in to Maryborough (16 February) Regional Victoria a step closer to four stream recycling (16 February) Neighbourhod Houses Victoria is proud to be partnering with Museums Victoria and The Royal Society of Victoria, with support from Inspiring Victoria.