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

Commonwealth Bank customers across Australia divest!

2 November 2013 One hundred Commonwealth Bank customers turned out at branches across Australia on the 1st and 2nd of November to close their accounts in protest at the bank’s investments in the fossil fuel industry. Divestment actions at Brisbane, Byron Bay, Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne and Perth saw customers turn … Read More

ANZ customers divest in Melbourne!

On Saturday, 26 October 2013, a groundbreaking event happened for the fossil fuel divestment campaign in Australia. Nearly 30 ANZ customers collectively walked in to the Bourke Street Mall branch of the bank and closed their accounts in protest over ANZ’s financing of the coal and gas industries. Customers had … Read More

Stranded assets, anyone? Testing times for the fossil fuel market

ORIGINALLY POSTED IN RENEWECONOMY, 17 October 2013 The phrase “buyer beware” is a particularly pertinent one for fossil fuel investors in the current market. The combined effects of global climate action, renewables growth, economic decline and pollution reduction have worked to dampen growth and sap investor confidence, as well as … Read More