If it is wrong to wreck the climate, then it is wrong to profit from that wreckage. We believe that educational and religious institutions, city and state governments, and other institutions that serve the public good should divest from fossil fuels. We want institutions to immediately freeze any new investment in fossil fuel companies, and divest from direct ownership and any commingled funds that include fossil fuel public equities and corporate bonds within 5 years. Fossil Free, a campaign run by 350.org are supporting local collectives to run campaigns at their universities and other institutions across the globe.
There are local groups in WA, NT, Vic, NSW and the ACT. (The Australian Student Environment Network have also started the Lock the Campus campaign to make our universities fossil free.) Take a look at the Fossil Free website to see if there's a campaign on your campus or institution, join in or start your own. Contact ASEN or check out the Lock the Campus campaign for local support.
Market Forces believes that the banks, superannuation funds and governments that have custody of our money should use it to protect - not damage - our environment. Our vision is a future where institutions invest with a high degree of respect for the environment, using our money to deliver solutions to major environmental issues, and where the community holds to account the custodians of their money to ensure it is used to benefit the environment. Our work will expose the institutions that are financing environmentally destructive projects and help Australians hold these institutions accountable. We will work with the community to prevent investment in projects that would harm the environment and drive global warming.
We need you to be part of Market Forces for our campaigns to be successful. Our philosophy of winning is built around people taking action to hold their banks, super funds and governments accountable. We’re going to give you the reason, and opportunity to do just that but need to you join us for that to work.
Markets for Change
Markets for Change is a market-focused environmental non government organisation that investigates and exposes the companies and products driving environmental destruction, creating the impetus for retailers to adopt environmentally and socially responsible procurement policies to help create an environmentally responsible market. MFC’s current focus is on retailers selling furniture, flooring, DIY, paper and tissue products that come from Australia’s threatened native forests and from forest destruction overseas.
In Retailing the Forests: Confronting the Australian Retail Sector’s Involvement in Native Forest Destruction, MFC identifies the role some of Australia’s biggest retail chains in driving the destruction of threatened native forests in Victoria, Tasmania, New South Wales and Western Australia through the stocking and selling of furniture, flooring and paper ranges made from these native forests.
Read the reports to get informed about forest destruction and learn how you can make a difference (retailer and consumer solutions).
The Australia Institute
The Australia Institute is the country’s most influential progressive think tank. Based in Canberra, it conducts research on a broad range of economic, social and environmental issues in order to inform public debate and bring greater accountability to the democratic process. The Institute is funded by donations from philanthropic trusts and individuals, and commissioned research. With no formal political or commercial ties, the Institute is in a position to maintain its independence while advancing a vision for a fair and progressive Australia. The Institute is determined to push public debate beyond the simplistic question of whether markets or governments have all the answers to more important questions.
Join the Institutes mail list to keep up to date on the latest reports about regressive government policy, responses to climate change, the logging and fracking industries and more; and actions you can take to support social change.