YCAN formed in 2007 after several Yarra residents met at a climate change event run by Beyond Zero Emissions and the City of Yarra. In that first year we worked with the council on their zero emissions goal and ran stalls and letter-writing campaigns leading up to the Federal Election in November 2007.
We were very disappointed by the lack of action from all levels of government in 2008 and every year since, so in early 2009 we started to regroup, drawing on the energy in the local community and the national grassroots climate movement. Since then our membership and profile in the Yarra community has grown. In 2010 we won a Yarra Sustainability Award for Community Action (Environment).