The last post: A farewell to GCAN from Robin Mosman

To all you good people who signed up to do something about the huge issue of the inaction on climate change by Australian government and financial institutions, my grateful thanks.

I’m writing today to let you know that sadly I feel unable to continue the work of monitoring all the organisations providing potential actions and alerting you about them. 

Three days before my husband Warwick died last May, I turned 80. Although I largely managed to keep the actions going until the end of that year, somehow by early this year it just started to feel too hard. In the run-up to the Federal election there has been an absolute barrage of information and appeals for financial assistance from the various organisations I’ve been monitoring, interspersed with some occasional petitions, some good news, some bad – and it has become overwhelming trying to decide what best to communicate to you.

With the election looming, I probably don’t need to tell you that the Coalition’s so-called ‘Plan’ is a plan to do nothing. Labor is offering more, though still not enough. The Greens are the most ambitious, and if they formed sufficient numbers on the crossbench could potentially pressure Labor into more effective action.

Whatever the outcome of the election, the need for community action to pressure for further government commitment and action will remain.

I hope you will continue to take action in any way that you choose, as will I.  Here are a few recommendations for organisations that offer good suggestions:

Australian Conservation Foundation  –

Environmental Defenders Office  –

Market Forces  –

Climate Council  –

GetUp!  –

Lock the Gate  –

Congratulations on your involvement in this critical issue,


9 thoughts on “The last post: A farewell to GCAN from Robin Mosman

  1. Thank you for all your work Robin. You have inspired me, on behalf of our grandchildren, to do what I can to persuade our governments and corporations to take urgent action. Kind regards, Geoff Bull ________________________________


    1. Thank you so much for all you’ve done over the years Robin. You started a local organisation that brought together people and local groups under the banner of climate action. There is now another local network called ‘Macquarie Alliance for Climate’ that is working in our electorate to push ALL political parties for action on climate change. Its website is and if anyone here wants to continue in a local way, this is it! Wishing you all the very best for the future Robin and gratitude to you for all you’ve done.


  2. Dear Robin,

    Thank you so very much for all that you’ve done for so long. You’ve earned a rest!

    I remember many moons ago when I still lived in Blackheath that you were ringing around seeking someone to take over from you at ConSoc. When you rang me I was alarmed at the mere thought of taking on such an enormous task.

    You’ve been magnificent. I’m just slightly younger but am reduced in what I can do despite my positive will and think I’ve sufficiently influenced my 23 year old granddaughter so that she is now able to rise up and act for the good cause.

    Wishing you the best.

    Stay warm, stay well.

    Suzanne Reaney



  3. Thank you for your letter. I want to thank you for being a great inspiration. Regards Christopher



  4. Thankyou Robin, your work on this has been much appreciated.

    We are all waiting with baited breath for the election outcome!

    Love Wendy


  5. Well done Robin!
    Hopefully, between Labor, the Greens and the Teals, the nation can be taken in a more responsible direction in climate matters (and a few others as well).

    Best wishes…Brian & Lyn Jones

    Sent from my iPad


  6. Thank you so much Robin for all your efforts and hard work in keeping us informed and active for so long. You have been incredible and if anyone needs to be congratulated, it is you. I’m sure we will all continue our efforts in the fight for climate justice and a more liveable world for our children and grandchildren. Stay warm and well ad enjoy some time to breathe and relax, with love and appreciation, Tara🌱🐦


  7. Dear Robin,

    I read your beautifully expressed email thinking that must have been a hard one to write. This morning it would seem like the best time you could have chosen to retire from this important work! This morning we can celebrate the return of common sense and truthfulness to federal government, which may ease the pressure on some of the many issues that have been going backwards at an alarming rate over the past decade. I’m optimistic that behind the modest plans revealed during the election campaign by Labor is a great deal more ambition and even excitement about harnessing Australia to the energy revolution, returning integrity to government, honouring their commitments to equality, working to see the Uluru Statement enshrined in the constitution and more. I’m optimistic we’ll see an end to internment of refugees both here and in the Pacific, soon.

    Some sad choir news – Margaret Hamilton is in the terminal stage of the cancer that’s plagued her for the past 2 years. I plan to take the choir to sing to her one Wednesday in the next few weeks. Do let me know if you’d like to join us, maybe not to sing but just to be there.

    With love,



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