Going begging for GVK coal

15 September 2014 Market Forces took pity this morning on GVK, who need to find $560 million by tomorrow as part of their deal to own the Alpha Coal Project, a massive thermal coal mine in Queensland’s Galilee Basin. GVK bought Alpha from Hancock Coal in 2011 for $1.2 billion, … Read More

Our application to the Westpac Community Leaders Awards

16 August 2014 Westpac recently put a call-out to ask for applications to their Community Leader Awards. We couldn’t resist putting in an application! We applied to the Westpac Community Leaders Awards because we believe that Westpac need all the help they can get to avoid new fossil fuel development, … Read More

The growth of divestment

29 June 2014 This week, the number of people who have put their bank “on notice” (warning that they’ll switch banks unless loans to fossil fuel projects stop) grew to account for over $160 million in savings alone. As far as metrics go, it’s a pretty good way of appreciating … Read More

Making your finances fossil free

On 29 May and 3 June 2014, Market Forces, in conjunction with 350.org and the Australia Institute, ran forums in Sydney and Melbourne to release a new report examining how individuals can make their personal finances fossil free. A summary of the report’s main findings can be found on the … Read More

Westpac customers divest!

8 March 2014 At city branches in Melbourne and Sydney today, dozens of Westpac customers turned out to close their accounts in protest over Westpac’s multi-billion dollar support of the fossil fuel industry. Since 2008, Westpac has loaned close to $3 billion to the fossil fuel industry, including projects such … Read More

How to avoid the carbon bubble

5 March 2014 Want to kick fossil fuel companies out of your investments but don’t know how? Worried that excluding fossil fuel companies might harm your financial health? Worry no more. Market Forces and 350.org commissioned The Australia Institute to study how people and institutions holding stocks can divest from … Read More

ANZ’s AGM to remember

18 December 2013 Fossil fuels were top of the agenda at ANZ’s annual general meeting today, to the point where Chairman John Morschel shut down shareholders trying to raise concerns over environmental, reputation and economic risks resulting from ANZ’s investments in the dirty coal and gas industries. The scene had … Read More

ANZ customers divest around Australia!

14 December 2013 One hundred ANZ customers have closed their accounts in activities across Australia, protesting the bank’s role as the country’s leading lender to the fossil fuel industry. In Melbourne, Canberra, Adelaide, Perth, Sydney, Hobart and Brisbane, customers lined up outside the banks wearing t-shirts saying “ANZ chose fossil … Read More

Earth to Westpac: DIVEST!

13 December 2013 This is how to deliver an important letter! Westpac shareholders and staff at their annual general meeting in Melbourne were met with two huge banners, carrying the names of over three thousand people who have signed our open letter, calling on the bank to end fossil fuel … Read More