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About us

Heatwaves are Australia’s deadliest environmental disaster. We need a whole of government response including how we plan our cities, transport, energy and health care. 

Sweltering Cities is working directly with communities in Australia’s hot suburbs to campaign and advocate for more liveable, equitable and sustainable cities.

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Our campaigns

We’re running strategic campaigns to make a tangible difference in hot suburbs and homes. Our campaigns are driven by community need and informed by expert research.

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Busted Bus Stops

Deadly temperatures in Sydney’s suburbs mean that catching the bus on a hot day can be dangerous. In some of the hottest suburbs only a quarter of bus stops have any shelter.

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We’re burning up

Heatwaves are a silent killer. We need better heatwave emergency strategies to cope with record temperatures.

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Building cooler suburbs

Hot suburbs mean higher electricity bills, more heatwave deaths and a blistering environment. There are simple ways to cool our suburbs and our homes. Let’s act now.

Images of the Western Sydney suburb of Marsden Park captured in 2009 and 2022 by Nearmap.
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How we work

Sweltering Cities works at the intersection of climate justice, inequality and health. We’re building grassroots power, telling compelling stories of extreme heat impacts and winning strategic campaigns that will make a real difference in cooling our homes and suburbs.