Media Release: New campaign targets QBEs climate hypocrisy

Monday 2nd May, 2016 As QBE prepares for its Sydney AGM in Sydney on Wednesday, Market Forces has today launched a new campaign calling on the insurance company to stop ‘making climate change possible.’ Activists this morning visited the company’s headquarters in Sydney, to colourfully highlight the company’s role as a major insurer … Read More

Climate change: made possible by QBE

Activists this morning gave QBE’s headquarters a colourful new rebranding, illustrating how the insurance company was making climate change possible through its underwriting of major fossil fuel projects.

Help us get these local heroes to the Rio Tinto AGM

21 April 2016 Meet Rob and Annemaree McLaughlin. They’re from Bulga, a small town in the Hunter Valley that has for years had to live with Rio Tinto’s massive Mt Thorley Warkworth coal mine. Despite all we know about the damage coal is causing to the environment, climate and health, … Read More

Media Release: Australia’s biggest super fund rejects fossil fuels

Melbourne, Friday 15 April 2016 Market Forces is today welcoming the announcement by AustralianSuper – Australia’s largest super fund – to create a new sustainable investment option which excludes companies with fossil fuel reserves. However, the financial activist group is warning that despite the shift, the vast majority of the … Read More

Media Release: Peabody bankruptcy a cautionary tale for Australian investors

Melbourne, Wednesday 13 April 2016 Today’s long-expected bankruptcy announcement by Peabody should serve a cautionary tale to Australian investors still holding fossil fuel stocks, according to financial activist group Market Forces. “Australian investors who held Peabody stocks since 2011 would have been severely burned by the decline of the company,” … Read More

How could the Future Fund finance Carmichael coal?

This briefing originally appeared on RenewEconomy, 30 March 2016 Could Australia’s sovereign wealth fund be the key source of finance that enables Adani’s Carmichael mega coal mine in the Galilee Basin? News has emerged that India’s Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley, will meet with Finance Minister Mathias Cormann and Chairman of the Future … Read More

A shocking reminder of the health impacts of coal

11 March 2016 It’s a shocking story that’s slowly emerging. Up to 1,000 current and former Queensland coal mine workers could be affected by pneumoconiosis, or black lung disease, and it’s possible that authorities and coal mining companies have tried to cover up the extent of this health disaster. Black lung … Read More

Time to tell Australia’s insurers to ditch coal

28 January 2016 Around the world, pressure is building on the insurance industry to divest from fossil fuels, while back home we are ramping up our campaign to stop Australia’s major insurers shooting themselves in the foot by investing in climate change’s drivers. In the latest international development, California’s Insurance Commissioner on … Read More

2015: coal loses, community wins.

21 December 2015 The global coal industry stumbled into 2015 looking pretty peaky. Analysts across the finance sector were increasingly using terms like “structural decline” to describe its state and its future, while the spin-meisters spent a fortune hitting back with a new PR campaign that suggested coal was critical … Read More