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Australians drop the c-word!
Some exciting news from Queensland. In Australia’s largest coal producing state, a huge public consultation has revealed that the community wants Queensland to move beyond coal.
Through an ambitious participatory process, 80,000 Queenslanders have told the Government what their vision for the state’s future looks like. Coal doesn’t rate a mention. Instead, Queenslanders have opted for a future based on agriculture, ecotourism, education, research and development, and alternative energy.*
Increasingly, Australians are stepping up and speaking out to call for a fossil free future. They’re calling on their banks, super funds and public institutions to divest from fossil fuels. Meanwhile, parents, grandparents, religious leaders, scientists, doctors and more are putting their bodies on the line to halt new fossil fuel expansion projects.
Despite this growing movement, if you follow the investment flows of the Big Four banks, they’re all pushing a future of coal on the people of Australia. So, it’s time for us to push back and tell the banks that we want a future beyond coal – not just in Queensland, but across Australia:
Our banks are answerable to their shareholders and customers, so it’s time for us to exercise our rights. We can build a future for Australia that is not dictated by coal, but a future that is crafted by people from the ground up. A future that takes tackling climate change seriously.
For a safe climate future,
Charlie, Blair, Aaron, Josh, Simon, Vicky and many others
* Click here to read more about the Queensland Plan in The Conversation.
**We’re supporting our friends at the Australasian Centre for Corporate Responsibility to lodge resolutions at the AGMs of the Big four banks later this year. For more information about what’s involved, checkout these handy FAQs.
P.S. – Great news – the Queensland Land Court has just urged the Queensland Government to reject the Alpha Mega mine, unless it meets a series of major conditions. Read more here. Hugest congratulations to all the incredible people who made this happen!
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