Invite your family and friends

Hosting a Planet A Action Hour is a great way to bring people together who you know – or suspect – care deeply about climate change.

Think about people you’ve had conversations with, or who have engaged with content you’ve shared on social media. Make a list of people you’d like to approach, then contact them individually to ask if they would:

  • Watch the first episode of Fight for Planet A (available to stream on ABC iview, it’s just over one hour long), then;
  • Come to your Planet A Action Hour to debrief and take action with you.

You’ll likely be pleasantly surprised by people’s responses! We know the vast majority of people in Australia want better climate action, but many don’t know how what to do about it – so an invitation from someone they trust is a great way to get involved.

Sample message to invite others: Hi <name>, hope you are well. Have you heard about the new ABC program ‘Fight for Planet A’? It’s about climate change, and I’m hoping to get a few people together after watching the first episode to debrief and take action together. I’ve got some resources from the Australian Conservation Foundation that can guide us in making a difference on these issues. Would you be interested in watching the show, then coming along to my ‘Planet A Action Hour’?

Confirm a time and read this toolkit

You might like to set a time and date before asking people, or work out a time once you know who’s coming – it’s up to you!

If you’re hosting online, make sure you use a platform that everyone has access to. Zoom is great but has a 45-minute limit on free accounts, you could also use Facebook Messenger or WhatsApp video-call functions.

Please observe all restrictions on gathering with others relevant to where you live. If you are permitted and decide to host a gathering in-person, you might like to provide some snacks and drinks for your guests!

The rest of this toolkit contains a step-by-step session plan for your event, which in summary is as follows:

Step 1: Welcome and context (~10 minutes). This gives people an overview of what to expect in the Action Hour, and a chance for people to meet each other.
Step 2: Hear each others' views (~15 minutes). This gives people time to talk about their views on climate solutions, and what they took away from Fight for Planet A.
Step 3: Take action together (~30 minutes). This is when you’ll spend time together taking action: first writing to your local MPs, second writing to a superannuation fund or big bank.
Step 4: Conclusion (~5 minutes). This is when you wrap up, ask your guests if they'll host their own Planet A Action Hour, and take a group photo!

If you’d like more information or support, please join a host support session. See upcoming dates above in the section called 'Support from the team at ACF'.