Thousands of Aussies divest from polluting fossil fuels to slow climate change

Australians are increasingly waking up to the fact that their finances are being used to expand the climate-polluting fossil fuel industry and exacerbate climate change.

In an urgent bid to slow down the worsening impacts of global overheating, thousands of Aussies are divesting from climate pollution – switching to ethical super and banks which don’t loan to big polluters.

A super fund, churches, doctors and some universities are among those leading the switch to ethical investment at this critical time (2014 is on track to be the hottest on record).  National days of divestment have been held in October and May with public events around the country.

The $8 billion Local Government Super Fund is dumping investments impacting climate change.

120 University of New South Wales academics and alumni have called on UNSW to divest following the Australian National University’s decision to divest from seven fossil fuel companies.

Read the full letter from UNSW Academics for Divestment.

Read the media release from ANU about its ethical move.

Fossil-free University of Queensland staff and academics call on UQ to divest – read the full letter.

ANU fossil fuel divestment furore proves movement is no sideshow – The Guardian

Students put the Coalition on notice over climate change – Canberra Times

Glasgow university sells fossil fuel shares – Financial Times

Fossil fuel divestment: climate change activists take aim at big banks – The Guardian

Rockefeller Foundation heirs divest from fossil fuels

British Medical Association divests

Churches divest from fossil fuels

Anglican Church divests, calls for scrutiny on fracking

Melbourne Anglicans divest from fossil fuels

Doctors divest

Melbourne’s Moreland Council joins divestment ranks

BBC:  Australia the worst polluter per head of population in the developed world.  It is also the largest coal exporter.  The burning of Australian coal is leading to sea level rises – endangering South Pacific island nations.

Letter to the PM from doctors on the dangers of coal to human health

India: world needs more renewable energy, not more exported Australian coal

Fossil fuel divestments are putting the Abbott Government on notice

See who loans your money to the big polluters, and put your bank on notice via www.MarketForces.org.au

Find out if your super is funding climate pollution via www.superswitch.org.au

New 100% fossil-free super fund launched

Read more about divestment

Get daily news updates on climate change news and information via the 50 degrees? Facebook page

Check out and support organisations raising awareness of the urgent need for climate action and divestment from fossil fuel pollution such as:   350 Australia     MarketForces      Go Fossil Free     Australian Ethical Super       Future Super     Australian Youth Climate Coalition     Doctors for the Environment Australia   Lock the Gate Alliance

Follow relevant hashtags on Twitter and Facebook: #climate  #climatechange #climatewarriors #divest #endcoal #fracking #coalkills #Climate2014 #IPCC #solar #RET

 

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