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Unfolding Futures

Represented by Richard and Maria Maguire



How does your organisation address climate change?

Unfolding Futures has been involved in efforts for social and environmental flourishing for over 50 years in the US, Europe, and Australia. We were particularly inspired by reading "Silent Spring" in 1962, an article on the global warming effects of industrial CO2 emissions in Scientific American in 1959, and reading "Limits to Growth in 1970. We became especially practically and directly involved in climate action as co-founders of Parramatta Climate Action Network in 2007 and by reading Climate Code Red in 2008. We installed 12 Solar Panels on our home office roof in 2004 and doubled that in 2009. We initiated the Greater Western Sydney Energy Alliance in 2017 with other organisations to identify ways of making community, business, and governments in our area about the benefits of renewable energy and energy efficiency.

We teach and facilitate planning and action using highly participatory practical methods. We work most intensively in the areas of Climate Action, Engagement with Aboriginal people and communities, international development, and building democracy through the Sydney Alliance. We also contribute a substantial portion of our income to organisations in these areas.

What is your organisation doing to create a better future?

We will continue to be active in the aforementioned organisations and make contributions to support their work. In addition to our already minimal environmental footprint, we are reducing our consumption of meat and dairy by 50% to take more responsibility for our personal carbon footprints.