The ACT Greens think fears about climate change inaction will help them keep their seats at next year's territory election.
The party has picked community sector worker Emma Davidson as its lead candidate in the seat of Murrumbidgee, where the party faces an uphill battle to quash a challenge from the Liberals.
ACT Greens leader Shane Rattenbury said the Greens would run lead candidates in all five seats and two in the inner city seat of Kurrajong.
Community sector advocate Rebecca Vassarotti will run alongside Mr Rattenbury in that seat.
Ms Davidson has been picked as the Greens' replacement for Murrumbidgee MLA Caroline Le Couteur who will not contest the next election.
Her retirement has favoured the Liberals who were just a few hundred votes shy of gaining Ms Le Couteur's spot in 2016.
The seat has also been redistributed to include Yarralumla and Deakin - a move that will again likely favour the Liberals.
But the party is hoping positive swings in this year's federal election and concern about a climate emergency will translate to a strong showing in the territory election, helping them not only retain but gain seats.
Mr Rattenbury conceded Murrumbidgee would be hard fought but said Ms Le Couteur's reputation laid a strong foundation to keep the seat.
"We start with real optimism, we'll be bringing plenty of ideas to the table in the course of the campaign," he said.
"We have real confidence in the sense that we've got a proven record in the Assembly. We've been able to drag the government in the right direction.
"We've been able to do all of that with just one or two members of the Assembly so we're very optimistic that with a stronger team we can have a stronger influence."
Mr Rattenbury said The Greens were to thank for light rail, 100 per cent renewable energy, pill testing, the integrity commission and better renters rights. He said the party would focus on more than just climate change.
"There will be a strong focus particularly on inequality," he said. "We have a sense that in some parts of Canberra life is extremely good and things are going pretty well. But what is the real story of this city, too many people are being left behind and we'll have a lot of polices in that space."
Most of the candidates listed climate change as one of their most significant reasons for nominating.
Brindabella nominee Johnathan Davis said he wanted to get a better deal for Tuggeranong. The Greens will select a full team of candidates next year.
The lead candidates are: Andrew Braddock (Yerrabi), Jo Clay (Ginninderra), Johnathan Davis (Brindabella), Emma Davidson (Murrumbidgee), Rebecca Vassarotti (Kurrajong).