Climate Compass

An ambitious research project to better understand how Australians feel, think and act when it comes to climate change.

About Climate Compass

Climate Compass builds a comprehensive understanding of attitudes Australians hold on climate change and how people are prepared to take action. An initiative of The Sunrise Project, the research enables engaging, high-impact strategies and campaigns to accelerate the necessary shift from fossil fuels to clean, renewable energy.

The Segmentation

The centrepiece of Climate Compass is a segmentation of Australian audiences based on their attitudes and beliefs about climate change.

Reference Group

Climate Compass project is led by a reference group of communications and campaigning professionals from some of Australia’s largest research and environmental organisations.

Academic Advisory Panel

Climate Compass is overseen by a panel of Australian and international experts and academics in climate change communications, behaviour change communications, social change and psychology.

Prof. Kelly Fielding

School of Communication and Arts
The University of Queensland.

Prof. Don Hine

Head of School, Psychology, Speech and Hearing.  University of Canterbury, NZ.

Prof. Winnifred Louis

School of Psychology
University of Queensland

Dr Carmen Lawrence

Professor Emirita, UWA

Dr. Belinda Xie

Sunrise Team

Climate Compass is led within The Sunrise Project by a small team within The Australian Energy Transformation program

Claire O’Rourke


Nicole Krause


Elly Baxter

Media Campaigner

Rebecca Huntley

Research Consultant

Climate Compass research fieldwork and analysis is undertaken by Fiftyfive5

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The Sunrise Project

Driven by the imperative of climate justice, The Sunrise Project scales social movements to drive the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy as fast as possible.


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Annual Reports


We respectfully acknowledge the Indigenous peoples and local communities of the lands on which we live and work.  We recognise the leadership of these communities in the struggle for climate justice and our responsibility to uplift their voices and histories.