That's a Wrap! Oaktree's 2015 Achievements
2015 has been a fantastic year for Oaktree, and it’s now the perfect time to celebrate the hard work of our volunteers and the valuable contributions that each of our supporters have made towards Oaktree’s achievements this year.
We launched the Collective Future campaign in July, where hundreds of conversations took place, both one-on-one with the wider community and between key political leaders. The pressure put on our leaders has shifted the political language, where recent commitments on behalf on figures like Malcolm Turnbull and Julie Bishop demonstrate the power that we’ve had in improving the conversation on aid and climate finance.
Despite the encouraging nature of Turnbull’s recent $1billion commitment to climate finance, the funding isn’t new. He’s taking it from the aid budget, which is bad news for Australia’s aid recipients. It means less funding for the world’s most vulnerable, which doesn’t seem very Christmassy to us.
Nevertheless, Oaktree still has a lot to celebrate this Christmas. There was also a Speaking Tour, which gave supporters the opportunity to hear stories from members of 350 Pacific, and also from representatives of the Asia/Pacific region, who are currently facing the beginnings of climate change in countries such as Vanuatu,
Kiribati and Tonga. We also heard from several academics, politicians and key leaders from organisations like Beyond Zero Emissions, 350.org, Actionaid and Friends of the Earth, just to name a few.
The cherry on top was the People’s Climate March, which took place in cities and towns all over Australia and the world. You can see some great snippets from the global marches here on our blog.
We’ve recently launched a Christmas fundraiser, asking our supporters to give a meaningful gift to their loved ones this Christmas. Instead of giving a pair of socks, give an education and a better future. Click here to put Oaktree on your Christmas list.