Climate Voices Advocacy and Leadership Program


Join the Movement for Climate Action!

Carlton Neighbourhood Learning Centre, in partnership with Yarra City Council, invites you to join our 10-week Climate Voices Advocacy and Leadership Program. This program is designed to equip community members with the skills and knowledge needed to take effective climate action and lead impactful campaigns.

The Climate Voices program aims to empower individuals from underrepresented or at-risk communities by providing them with the tools to advocate for climate policies, counter misinformation, and have their voices heard on the climate emergency. Our comprehensive training covers a range of topics to ensure participants are well-prepared to drive change in their communities.

Program one
People aged 18-26 who live, study, work or have a strong connection to the City of Yarra.

  • Dates: 5 August 2024 – 14 October 2024
  • Sessions: Monday evenings, 6–8pm
  • Location: Carlton Neighbourhood Learning Centre, 20 Princes Street, Carlton North, VIC 3054

Why Join Climate Voices?

  • Gain Knowledge and Skills: Learn about climate advocacy, policy-making, and effective campaigning.
  • Lead Impactful Campaigns: Develop and implement your own climate action projects.
  • Network with Experts: Connect with like-minded individuals and guest speakers who are leaders in the field.
  • Practical Experience: Engage in hands-on projects that make a real difference in your community.

How to Apply

We have only 15 spots available for this program, so apply now to secure your place!

Application Process:

  • Submit a 1-2 page statement by Wednesday, 24 July.
  • Tell us about yourself, why you want to join Climate Voices, and include your name, age, email, phone, and your connection to the City of Yarra
  • Email your application to

Program Outline

Each session is designed to build your capacity as a climate advocate through a mix of workshops, practical projects, and expert insights. Here’s a glimpse of what you can expect:

  • Week 1: Introduction to Climate Advocacy and Systemic Change
  • Week 2: Understanding Advocacy, Common Mistakes, and Intelligence Gathering
  • Week 3: Building a Campaign Strategy and a Campaign Team
  • Week 4: Crafting a Compelling Climate Message
  • Week 5: Advocacy and Lobbying Techniques
  • Week 6: Grassroots Mobilisation and Community Outreach
  • Week 7: Media Engagement, Digital Advocacy, and Submission Processes
  • Week 8: Monitoring and Evaluating Advocacy Campaigns
  • Week 9: Practising Advocacy Techniques and Final Preparations
  • Week 10: Graduation Presentation and Certificate Ceremony

About the Facilitator

Tony Milne, Executive Officer at CNLC

Tony Milne, CNLC’s Executive Officer, brings over two decades of experience in advocacy and campaigns, including a decade delivering advocacy workshops across New Zealand and Australia. His expertise in climate advocacy, combined with his leadership roles in various high-impact campaigns, makes him an ideal facilitator for this program.

Tony has successfully led Australia’s Make Poverty History campaign, advocating for ending poverty and climate justice in coalition with over 50 organisations. His extensive experience in political and social advocacy has contributed to significant policy change. Tony has also attended Barack Obama’s campaign leadership training in New York and completed a 12-month Australian Progress Campaign Fellowship.

Tony’s workshops are known for their practical approach and the tangible skills they impart to participants, consistently receiving positive feedback. His commitment to inclusivity and his deep understanding of the challenges faced by marginalised communities make him a powerful advocate and an inspiring leader for this program.

Contact Us

For more information, please visit our website or contact us directly:

  • Phone: 03 9347 2739
  • Email:
  • Address: 20 Princes Street, Carlton North, VIC 3054

Join us in making a difference! Together, we can take climate action and shape a more sustainable future.

Applications are particularly encouraged from women, people of colour, people with physical and intellectual disabilities and the LGBTQIA+ community.

Program 2 will be for people with disability and run for 10 weeks from Monday, 21 October 2024 to Monday, 17 Feb 2025.

Program 3 target population is tbc but will run from Monday, 3 March 2025 to Monday, 19 May 2025.