Divestment Day 8 October 2016

Tomorrow, Saturday 8 October 2016, is Divestment Day – we encourage everyone to take part or, at least, to consider what actions you can take to ensure that your money is not funding climate change.

We recently held a public meeting on the topic of divestment, presented by Jack Bertolus, Research Coordinator at Market Forces, a Melbourne-based organisation that researches and publishes information about investments in fossil fuel projects. You can view Jack’s power point here.

Market Forces website contains many useful resources on how to compare banks, superannuation funds and insurance companies, many of which invest heavily in fossil fuels despite having made commitments to change in order to meet the terms of the Paris Agreement.

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Is your money making the world a better place?

Is your money making the world a better place – or is it supporting the continuation of fossil fuel and other industries that contribute to climate change?

Did you know that banks lend our money to large coal, oil and gas companies and projects, and super funds and insurance companies invest customers’ money in these industries.

Come along to our free public meeting:
When: Wednesday, 5 October 2016 from 6pm to 8.30pm
Where: The Joinery111 Franklin Street, Adelaide SA 5000
Please register online to attend!

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You will learn how to exert influence and make a positive change for sustainability by making sure your money is working for good. Divesting your money from fossil fuels is a powerful thing to do. It is the opposite of investment – it’s taking your money away from damaging industries and businesses that threaten our future.

Our speaker is Jack Bertolus from Market Forces, a Melbourne-based organisation that works with the community to prevent investment in projects that harm the environment and drive global warming.

A simple meal will be provided from 6pm, prior to the talk – we suggest a donation of $5 per person to help cover costs.

This is a DIVESTMENT DAY event. Saturday 8 October 2016 is Divestment Day. Meet at 11am in Hindmarsh Square to join with others to deliver a message to banks about their obligations regarding compliance the Paris Agreement to keep global warming to below two degrees.

100% Renewable Energy: What we can do in 10 years

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by Peter Croft

Renewable energy: agreed! But how do we get there? That’s the challenge addressed by a recent article in Yes magazine.

The author – Richard Heinberg – outlines a three-level strategy to make significant progress over ten years.

Level one: electrify as much energy as we can and switch out coal in favour of solar and wind power; and move to electric cars. Change some of our food production systems to sequester carbon and use less fossil fuel. That cuts out 40% of carbon emissions.

Level two: add lots of energy storage at the grid level, swap out natural gas for renewables in electricity generation and put in much more electric transportation. That brings us to an 80% cut. Continue reading

Food waste – just eat it

Last week I attended a screening of the movie Just eat it at The Joinery. This film raises important issues about the level of food being wasted at every step of production from the grower to the shops and then the consumer and the massive impacts this has on our planet. I have heard previously that people suffering from lack of food in some countries is not due to the scarcity of food but rather the poor distribution of food across the globe.

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