Today, I'm writing through bleary eyes home in Sydney following my return from six weekends of campaign workshops in six towns across the country. I'm not quite sure what city I'm in and my bedroom looks like a hurricane has hit, hurling used butchers paper, scrunched clothes and old flyers around the room.

My topsy turvy home life is only matched by the topsy turvy world outside - a world where angry Abbott and his attempted people's revolt, together with parts of the the media, are doing their darnedest to block any action on climate change.

Usually, these kind of media stories appearing in my inbox might leave me feeling distressed or despondent. But instead today, despite my tiredness, I don't feel angry, I feel hopeful.

I feel hopeful, cause on coming home from many days on the road, I'm hearing stories of activity that local community groups around the country are generating. These groups aren't worrying what the shock jocks are saying cause they are bypassing the media and speaking to people and decision makers directly. I'm hearing stories about conversations.

We last emailed you all asking if you could help us have 20,000 conversations around the country between now and the end of May. Many of you said yes, and now these conversations are underway.

To share a few stories from around the country of how it's all happening...

  • Anna in Cairns has helped ten people get over their nerves and get ready to head out doorknocking to talk to people about renewable energy for their first time this Saturday
  • Penny Milstein in Stonnington in Melbourne has revived her local group again and is busy kitting up surveyors with tshirts, badges and flyers to venture out into Toorak
  • Nick, Brian, Tracey and all the others in Orange and Bathurst got this fabulous media coverage following the commencement of thier surveying at the Eglington Gymkhana in Bathurst.
  • Janet from the North Shore left the Sydney workshop and lined up a meeting with her local MP, who happens to be none other than shadow treasurer Joe Hockey. She's now surveying furiously together with Sandy and others on Sydney's north shore aiming to have hundreds of conversations to report to Hockey when they meet.
  • Following their success recruiting Rob Oakeshott to table our survey results in parliament Steve, Sean, Harry, Stuart and the rest of the Port Macquarie gang used their new found organising skills to pull together a snap-rally in favor of the carbon price last week. They turned out 80, while the anti-rally managed 6!!
  • Jim in Wagga has already recruited a new member through CROW's three person weekly doorknocking effort. Read here for a hilarious account of how he did it.
  • Kirrilee our SA regional organiser is speaking at the SA survival rally this weekend and will then mount a stall at the Stirling Markets in Adelaide Hills on Sunday... She's organised 3x2 hour shifts and says shes "revved" to go!
  • In regional Victoria, groups in Wangaratta, Stawell, Albury-Wodonga and Castlemaine have each committed to having 500 conversations, while Ballarat is gunning for 1000.
  • Transition Sandgate in Wayne Swan's seat - together with other helpful hands from across Brisbane - are doing a doorknocking blitz of their local area this Sunday for neighbour day.

All these people and many more are working to bypass the negative media and get out and speak directly to thousands of others in their local community. They  are working to build their power and influence locally, to share a positive vision of the kind of Australia we want to live in.

These people and more will be heading out over three upcoming days of action - this Saturday 26 March, Saturday 30 of April and Saturday 28 of May - and it's still not too late to join them!

So if you are interested in connecting with people in your own community sign up to help here and find all you need to know to get going at our resource page here.

In a nation where the media will never be in the hands of the people, local people building local support for strong action could never be more important.

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