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. Now that COP 26 is over there is much to be done. See here for a full breakdown.
While we all want to see sound public policies implemented more quickly, as an individual we can take effective action now to align our finances with our faith to protect the planet.
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.
Today you can bring on the clean energy revolution by:
- Making your money count
- Contacting your super fund
- Putting your bank on notice
- Joining peaceful direct citizen action
- Attending our workshops for more information
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 Market Forces' Super campaign to find out where your super is invested and how your fund is managing climate change risks:
This year our Divestment team, with the help of Market Forces, been campaigning Catholic Super and the ACSRF. If you belong to either of these funds, and you would like to send a letter to their CEO, Please find below two draft emails. The contact information is on the letter.
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 Market Forces' Banks campaign to tell your bank to stop funding fossil fuel expansion and, if they take no action, commit to shifting to a better bank:
Join peaceful 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.
Attend upcoming workshops
For more information about how to align your finances with your faith to protect the planet, you are welcome to attend our upcoming workshops. In June these workshops will cover insurance - Tuesday 7th June (more information here) and Thursday 9th June (more information here).
For information on faith-based civil resistance call ARRCC on (02) 9150 9713 or e-mail [email protected].
We may also be able to influence a religious organisation to which we belong to align their finances with faith to protect the planet.