Divestment Day 2020 - POSTPONED

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Thank you to all RSVPs and people who are putting in effort to organise Divestment Day on March 20.

Unfortunately, due to the need to limit public gatherings to reduce the spread of COVID-19, we will be postponing Divestment Day public actions until a time when it is advised as safe to run them.

However, we have every intention of maintaining the pressure on the major banks who continue their destructive lending to dirty fossil fuels. We will do this by collecting the stories of all the people divesting and putting them online where the banks and broader public will see them.

If you are planning on closing your Westpac, ANZ, Commbank or NAB account, please email [email protected] and let us know! We can help you either in person or online to capture your action by taking a photo, recording a video or writing about it.

Additionally, the Bushfire Survivors for Climate Action group is sending an open letter to the big four banks this Friday calling on them to stop lending to fossil fuels. It will be published as a full page ad in the Financial Review. Keep an eye out for an email from us that day on how you can help amplify their important message.

We want to make special mention of all of the amazing supporters and volunteers who have been working hard to organise Divestment Day actions across Australia. Thank you for all your great work. However, we feel this is the right decision to protect the health of everyone.

Thanks to all our work preparing for Divestment Day, we now have an opportunity to capture and share some of the powerful divestment stories from all of you and make sure the banks will still get the message that the community expects them to stop fueling ever-worsening bushfires, floods, drought and storms.

So if you are ready to divest, please email [email protected] to let us know and we’ll be in touch with alternative plans to help you divest in style!

Divestment Stories

Westpac staff messages to Westpac decision makers

Market Forces has asked Westpac staff to complete an anonymous staff survey asking whether they support Westpac's lending to coal, oil and gas. Below are some of the messages that Westpac staff wanted to send to Westpac.

Westpac used to be the world’s leading financial institution on sustainability. It’s one of the reasons I joined. We’ve slipped, and that diminishes my sense of shared purpose; of focus on mission; of One Team. We in Australia have just witnessed (many endured) the first undeniably attributable climate change event. Our millions of customers need us to do better. 

Make your divestment count

Banks campaign

Click the graphics to find out more about the banks' lending to fossil fuels