Here is how we can take action

Why is this important?

Imagine walking down your street and every house has a #StopAdani yard sign. Everyone who sees those yard signs will be a step closer to knowing about our movement. People who already agree with us will know that they are not alone. And our candidates will see it and know that the #StopAdani movement is everywhere!

How to do it?

Yard Signs

Get yourself and friends together. Choose somewhere in your community where there is lots of foot traffic, like a main road. Decide on a day and a time that you and your friends will walk along your main road, asking shops or homes if they will put a #StopAdani yard sign up in their window or fence. If they say yes, offer to put it up for them!

Another option is to choose somewhere you know your candidates will see, such as near their office. Decide on a day and time that you and your friends will walk along the surrounding streets, asking residences if they will put up a #StopAdani yard sign on their fence with zip ties. If they say yes, offer to put it up for them!

To put up yard signs you will need:

  • #StopAdani yard signs - order here
  • Blue Tac and/or Zip Ties - source these yourself
  • Conversation guide - download here and print yourself

Murals and Banners

Get yourself and friends together. Choose somewhere in your community where there is lots of foot traffic and where you can paint a big mural, like on a garage door or a fence. Focus on places where you can ask the owner to get permission. Avoid places that require lengthy approvals, like local government mural walls. An alternative is asking for permission to hang a big banner for several months, such as on the side of a church or balcony of a pub.

Why is this important?

To win, we need more Australians to agree that it’s time to #StopAdani - and then taking action! Research shows that conversations are the most effective way of moving someone to agree with you and to take action with you.4 Through building a base of agreement and action, we can pressure our candidates with the community’s backing.

When we have a conversation with someone, we are trying to move them one step closer to our movement. So if they already agree with us, we try to move them to action. If they are on the fence, we try to move them to agree with us. If they disagree with us, we try to move them to a neutral position. However, if they strongly disagree with us, then we might respectfully decline further conversation and move onto other people!

How do you do it?

Get yourself and friends together. Choose somewhere in your community where there are lots of people, like a train station or a market. Decide on a day and a time that you and your friends will have conversations at your chosen location. Better still, decide on multiple days and times. You could even set up a roster and get more people involved!

To have conversations you will need:

The sign up sheets ask for email addresses. This is so you can start an email list of people in your community who want to #StopAdani, so you can invite them to join your conversations roster or other #StopAdani events. If you do not want to start an email list, you can take a photo with your phone of your sign up sheets and email them to [email protected] and they will be added to the national #StopAdani email list.

Want to go doorknocking in your community? Check out the guide and resources here.

Why is this important?
When we pressure our candidates, they are forced to respond. They either show themselves as a blocker or fence-sitter, or say they want to #StopAdani, which helps move other candidates to say it too. We can do this by getting media, so that candidates are asked by the media to respond. We can also do this by bringing people together in our communities, so that candidates are asked by the community to respond.

How to do it?

Bird Dogging

Bird dogging means intervening in media conferences and events of candidates. To do it, sign up to every platform your candidates are on: sign up to their email list on their website, follow them on Facebook and Twitter, find out what events they will be attending. Paint #StopAdani banners that you can hold behind them, keeping the banners small enough that the media can get a photo with the candidate and banner in the same photo. Then remember to be respectful, and go get ‘em!

Want to know more about bird dogging? Find out more here.

#ClimateElection Candidates Forum

Get yourself and friends together. Decide on a day, time, and venue in your community to fit around 100 people - maybe a pub, a sports club, or a hall. For broader appeal, we recommend these are #ClimateElection themed, rather than #StopAdani themed. Choose someone to be an MC and invite the candidates to be on a panel. Then promo, promo, promo! Make an event on Facebook, email your friends or your email list, and text everyone as well. Print posters and flyers and put them up in your community. Then at the event, have someone videoing statements on a phone, so media can verify them.

WEEK OF ACTION APRIL 13TH-17TH: Lots of groups are organising a wave of #Climate Election Candidates Forums for the week of April 13-17. This is a great time to do one!

For Candidates Forum promo materials, MC questions, what to do if candidates aren’t confirming they will attend, and more, you can find a guide and resources here.

To win, it’s vital we take photos and videos of what we are doing and share them! By sharing what we’re doing with photos and videos, we help the media amplify what we’re doing, make sure our friends know about it, help boost the morale of our movement, and we make sure our candidates know what we’re doing as well.

Take photos and videos on your phone and then:

  • Choose the best 5 photos and videos
  • Email them to your local media with a short explanation
  • Post them on your personal social media with the hashtag #StopAdani, so that your friends can see what you have done and share it widely
  • Post them in the #StopAdani Support Network so other people in the movement can see what you’ve done, and draw inspiration
  • Email them to your candidates with a short explanation

Share this guide!

To win, we need as many people to read this guide and get active in our movement. Once you’ve read this guide, email it to your friends so that they can read it as well.

Already there are 100 #StopAdani groups across Australia. But Adani and the coal lobby is still more powerful than our movement. We need more people to join our movement so we can win - and more #StopAdani groups across Australia

At first, a #StopAdani group can be you and five friends. Or if you’re not sure about starting a group, have a go at the tactics in this guide, together with some friends. We recommend #StopAdani groups at a suburb or town level, so there can be more groups, taking more action, more often - which of course means more people.

Find out if there is already a group in your suburb and join them here.

Sign up to learn about how to start a new #StopAdani group here!