Heal Country Heal Climate by Josie Atkinson

Global Climate Change Week

Header image artwork by artist, Indigenous Research Assistant in the School of Medicine and UOW Masters student Josie Atkinson titled "Heal Country, Heal Climate". The design represents the diverse waterways and land of healthy 'Country' and the ancestral songlines of the First Nations Peoples of Australia. 

Global Climate Change Week (GCCW) encourages Universities and their communities across all disciplines and countries to engage with each other, their communities, and policy makers on climate change action and solutions.

Held annually in October, Global Climate Change Week provides an open-ended framework for voluntary activities aimed at raising awareness, inspiring behaviour change, and driving political transformation in relation to climate policy.

The first GCCW was held in October 2015. In 2014, a group of academics and students at the University of Wollongong (UOW) developed a committee and organised a workshop held on December 4-5 2014 at the University of Wollongong. Twenty-two people participated, including academics from seven Australian universities and a number of activists. The workshop was a great success; many new ideas emerged, the vision and mission statements were drafted, and some of the committees running GCCW today were established, including the original coordinating committee. 

The University of Tasmania is currently proudly coordinating GCCW across the sector and has created resources and a website to facilitate activities across the globe.


Global Climate Change Week 2021: Climate, Health, Action!

This year, GCCW ran from Monday 18 October to Sunday 24 October 2021. If you missed the series of online seminars you can watch the recordings at the links below.

Our theme this year was Climate, Health, Action! The online seminars focussed on the impact of our changing climate on human and environmental health. We explored sustainable solutionsfrom eating healthily and sustainably to greening our health systems. Hosted entirely online, GCCW was filled with aspirations and inspiring stories, knowledge sharing and ideas, and discussions on actions to protect our health and our planet. 

It’s easy to take action!

  1. You can continue the conversation online using the hashtag #UOWGCCW to share your thoughts and ideas with our online community
  2. Follow UOW Pulse on Facebook, who share great resources, events and competitions
  3. Take part in family-friendly activities listed below


People riding bikes Activities
Image of books Resources

Events | 18-24 October 2021

sunset The Climate Reality Project
Food Sustainable, Healthy Eating
Wollongong Sustainability impact in our region
Climate Change and Health Panel Discussion
BAL Climate Hour
pollution The fossil fuel industry’s role in sabotaging a sustainable energy transition in Australia
Image of child Operation Nappy



  • Wollongong Botanic Garden: Koalas at the Cross-Roads Take an all-ages, self-guided koala walk around the Discovery Centre at the Wollongong Botanic Garden and learn about the impact of climate change on these cuddly creatures. 
  • Nature Wellness Trail: The trail starts at the south-west corner of the Mercury Lawn. There are seven short sensory exercises. You can choose to just do one, a few or all exercises. It’s totally up to you.
  • Take a dip in your local rockpool: Whether you're an ocean swimmer or not, there's plenty of history and wildlife in our local rockpools scattered along the South Coast. Just be sure not to touch or take from our beautiful oceans - Story by Paul Jones
  • Aussie Backyard Bird Count | BirdLife: Aussie Backyard Bird Count is a citizen science project. Take 20 minutes to go outside, identify and record the birds you see using the app
  • Sustainable House Day SBRC - Sunday 17 October
  • Make a vegan recipe like Red Lentil Dahl
  • UOW and National Parks Association of NSW Tree Planting Day

More activities will be added throughout the week as new suggestions come in. Be sure to Tweet your favourite locations to learn about nature using #UOWGCCW



Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are advised that these resources may contain images, voices and videos of deceased persons. Users are warned that there may be words and descriptions that may be culturally sensitive and which might not normally be used in certain public or community contexts. 




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