Climate Justice Reading Group

CJU and Rabble Books bring together curious minds to read and listen to authors, poets, artists and creatives to advance our understanding and action for climate justice.

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Whether you like to read or listen, have an hour or every night before bed, there’s a level of commitment for everyone to get involved:

  • Feast (a more involved such as a book or chapter to indulge in over a few days and keep you satiated between conversations)
  • Taster (shorter pieces such as a video, podcast of short read to consume in one sitting for the curious but time pressed)
  • Ambiance (a poem, song or visual to inspire and set the mood for an instant sense of the theme)


  • To share and discuss literature and other mediums including art, music and podcasts broadly related to intersectional and decolonial Climate Justice.
  • To hold an inclusive and accessible space for people to have meaningful conversations that foster good relationships and inspire us to individual and collective action.
  • To listen and learn in open minded, critical and respectful ways that challenge, comfort and nourish us.

Participants are encouraged to

  • Join CJU and support Rabble books
  • Be open minded and willing to re-examine their assumptions.
  • Support, listen to and be curious with others.
  • Learn about and reflect upon collective action for climate justice.

Culture * Norms will be reviewed and negotiated on an ongoing basis

  • We respect that everyone has a different experience, story and journey
  • This is a space of exploration, from where we are. We have no answers, but many experiences. Let's lead with the heart.
  • We make sure every one has an equal chance to participate in a way that meets their needs.
  • “It matters which stories story stories” (Donna Haraway) so we prioritise content from the those who offer something marginal, new, ancient, unusual, radical and creative rather than more of the same.
  • We support local bookshops and borrow books from libraries. When we are done we donate or lend our books.

Proposed text list (subject to change with suggestions)






Djeran: May 29

Country and Healing

Bindi, by Kirli Saunders, available for $16.99 from Rabble Books and Games or local libraries. 

Country and Culture, by Anthropocene Transition Network : Anthropocene Transition network video: Country& Culture (Panel youtube)

How to Make A Basket, by Jazz Money, from the collection How To Make A Basket.


July 3 (Rabble)

July 8 (online)

Grief, loss and coping 

The Glad Shout, Alice Robinson available for $19.99 from Rabble Books and Games and local libraries.

Change Maker Chat with Margaret Klein Salamon (Podcast)


Living with Loss, from The Handbook: Surviving and Living With Climate Change, by Jane Rawson and James Whitmore

Thursday, by Elaine Beckett.


Paper Ships by Ellen Van Neerven


September 4 (Rabble)

September 18 (Online)

Hope and wellbeing

Together We Can, by Claire O'Rourke, available from July, RRP $32.99

BRONTË VELEZ on the Pleasurable Surrender of White Supremacy, Part 1 (Podcast)


Short essays:
Fuck Hope, from Another Day in the Colony by Chelsea Watago

It's Time to Reclaim Our Skin, by adrienne maree brown.

Care as Pleasure by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha.

(Pleasure Activism, by adrienne maree brown available to order for $42.99 from Rabble Books and Games.)

30 days of comics / 2019 : on climate crisis, by Madeleine Jubilee Saito, 


Zen and the Art of Saving the Planet, page 1-5, by Thich Nhat Hanh


13 November (Rabble)

27 November (Online)

The powers that might become

The Parable of the Sower, Octavia Butler available for $22.99 from Rabble Books and Games or local libraries.

Message from the Ngurra Palya by Ambelin Kwaymullina, from After Australia, short story collection


Address to the United Nations General Assembly, epilogue from  The Nation of Plants by Stefano Mancuso
We Rise, by Jazz Money, from How to Make a Basket.

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We acknowledge that we begin our work as The Climate Justice Union on the Boodja (land) of the Wadjuk people of the Noongar Nation. We honour the Wadjuk people and their kin in other Nations and Country across these lands and waters, who have always cared for this place and all who lived here.

We acknowledge First Nations Elders past and present, and acknowledge that those of us living here, who came from across the seas, live on land that was taken, stolen. We acknowledge the responsibility that comes with this understanding and that we personally and collectively benefit from this theft.

As such, we all have a responsibility to decolonise ourselves, our lives and work, and to heal the harm these oppressive systems have inflicted.

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We are a community union and do not cover you in your workplace. All Climate Justice Union members are also encouraged to join the relevant industrial union. Click here to find your industrial Union.

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