1. Divestment’s winning
In just over 2 years, this grassroots movement that started on college campuses has the fossil fuel industry running scared. They’re spending millions trying to counter us. First they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win. Divestment could just help buy us the time we need to sort the climate crisis once and for all.
2. Everyone’s talking about it…
…from the World Bank, the United Nations, Obama, Goldman Sachs, the International Montery Fund, Missy Higgins, your bank, your super fund, your next door neighbour, their kids, their friends. – the list goes on.
3. It’s more effective than burying your head in the sand on climate…
…which is what our Government is doing.
4. It shows solidarity
Around the world, people are already suffering the tragic impacts of dangerous climate change. Pacific Islanders are fighting to keep their homes above water. Farmers are fighting crippling droughts. Our Asian neighbours are fighting increasingly severe and frequent extreme weather events. Divestment is a way for us to stand with these communities and show we wont sit idly by as the fossil fuel industry wrecks their homes, livelihoods and cultures.
5. Anyone can do it
We’re all unwittingly supporting the fossil fuel industry – whether it’s via our super, bank or other institutions we’re connected to – each of us can divest and play a powerful role in unlocking the climate deadlock.
6. It’ll be fun
Here in Australia, there’ll be performances by Cat Empire’s Felix Riebl, thousand-person fossil fuel break-up rallies, human carbon bubbles, mock drill rig installations and giant human signs. Overseas, there’ll be everything from umbrella parties in the Himalayas, mobilisations in the financial districts of New York and London and creative actions in Burkina Faso.
7. It’s one of the best chances we’ve got
The fossil fuel industry has corrupted our , degraded our land and water, divided local communities and now it’s radically altering the atmosphere and the world as we know it. As leaders meet in Paris at the end of 2015, we know they won’t act in accordance with the urgency of the crisis so long as the fossil fuel industry’s power goes unchecked. Divestment can take back this power and speed up the transition to a cleaner, brighter, better future for all.
So we’ll be seeing you at Global Divestment Day on February 13-14 right?