Our religious traditions all remind us of our responsibility to care for the earth as a precious gift. If we want to protect life on earth, we must move quickly to renewable energy and leave most of our coal, oil and gas in the ground. Instead, Australia is one of the most carbon-intensive economies in the world.
While we all want to see sound public policies implemented more quickly, as an individual we can take effective action now to Go Fossil Free.
As members, beneficiaries and customers of institutional investors such as super funds, banks and insurance companies, each of us can play a powerful role in moving Australia's economy out of fossil fuels and into clean energy.
Join the Go Fossil Free Australia community today to bring on the clean energy revolution by:
- Making your money count
- Joining peaceful direct citizen action
- Starting a campaign.
Make your money count
Did you know that 55% of the world's superannuation is invested in high-carbon assets while less than 2% is invested in clean energy? Have you heard that Australia's big 4 banks are funding coal and gas projects in some of our most precious eco-systems such as the Great Barrier Reef? Tell your financial institution/s that profiting from climate wreckage is morally unacceptable and financially risky:
Contact your super fund
If super funds switched even a fraction of their investments to renewables, it would completely transform the energy industry! We have the opportunity to radically shift superannuation from the world's biggest fossil fuel investor to a climate change champion. Join Go Fossil Free's Super campaign, in partnership with the Vital Few, to find out where your super is invested and how your fund is managing climate change risks:
ARRCC has initiated campaigns to encourage Catholic Super and the Australian Catholic Superannuation and Retirement Fund to divest. If you are a member of Catholic Super or ACSRF, you can now send a letter to the CEO of Catholic Super or the CEO of ACSRF. You can edit template and send it from your own e-mail address.
Put your bank on notice
If your money is with one of Australia's big 4 banks, then you're investing in fossil fuel projects. Join Go Fossil Free's Banks campaign, in partnership with Market Forces, to tell your bank to stop funding fossil fuel expansion and, if they take no action, commit to shifting to a better bank:
- Find out more about banks and fossil fuels
- Sign the open letter to the Big 4 banks
- Write an e-mail to your bank
Join peacefil direct citizen action
Mahatma Gandhi created a model that many have followed. Citizen action has been a part of ending injustices like apartheid in South Africa and black civil rights violations in the United States – now it's time to do the same on climate. Over the coming years, we'll be asking people to do more than just write letters. We'll be asking you to join others in actively stopping new fossil fuel projects.
Pledge to join the climate action frontline today or call ARRCC on (02) 9150 9713.
We may also be able to influence a religious organisation to which we belong to go fossil free.