Ursula Rakova, Executive Director of Tulele Peisa, Carteret Islands Photo: Cameron Feast/Oxfam

Australian Climate Hearing

The Australian Climate Hearing – held in November 2009 – was a chance to hear the voices of people impacted by climate change in Australia, the Pacific and Asia. Watch some of the powerful testimony that was shown below, as well as highlights from the hearing. Then visit our online action page to support Oxfam Australia’s climate change campaign work.

Watch the climate testimonies from our region


South Australia

Ursula Rakova

Carteret Islands

Henry Jones

Clayton, South Australia

Luz Marina


Bonny Francis

Upper Plentry, Victoria

Shorbanu Khatun


Lesley Fischer

Meningie, South Australia

Mika Maiavia

Tokelau Islands

Dianne & Elaine

The Gap, Queensland

Join the discussion

If you missed the Australian Hearing, you can still get involved and make a difference by:

  • Following highlights from the hearing on this page.
  • Joining in the discussion on A Climate for Change, where people will be blogging from the event and you can share your climate stories and thoughts.
  • Taking action to keep pressure on the Australian Government

Some background on the climate hearings

Australia are only thinking of committing [to a carbon pollution reduction target of] less than 25%, New Zealand the same. We look up to [these countries] because they have the resources [to cut further]. We have to find a win-win situation. So that we can all live in this world.

Mika Maiava, Pacific Tokelau Islands

One hundred and twenty Oxfam climate hearings were held around the world during 2009, to help increase pressure on world leaders in the lead up to the Copenhagen Climate Summit held in December 2009. They gave people suffering the impacts of climate change the chance to make their voices heard by decision makers who have an opportunity to do something about it.

Read more on Oxfam’s international Climate Hearing Project

Clean Water Saves Lifes

Dairy farming in Bangladesh

Across the world, women are more likely to live in poverty. But in Bangladesh, dairy farming is creating income for women like Aklima. Together, we can help more women take control of their lives.

Oxfam Shop