Renewable energy needs your support!

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Message from GetUp and Solar Citizens – the Homegrown Power Plan is on tour across Australia. First stop on the 100% Renewables Roadshow is Adelaide!

WHAT: Adelaide’s 100% Renewables Community Forum (free but limited seats!)
WHEN: Monday 31 October 2016, 6.30pm – 8.30 pm (doors open at 6pm)
WHERE: Goodwood Community Centre, 32-34 Rosa St, Goodwood, Adelaide Continue reading

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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You can stop your money funding climate change!

We want our money to do good for us individually but also for all of us together. We want to know that our money in banks, superannuation and organisations we are part of, is used for good, not to fund industries that contribute to climate change.

We can use the power we have over our own money to help make the change. For example, the Adani coal mine in the Galilee Basin could be stopped by divestment campaigns that influence banks to consider the long-term impact of such projects.

Interested in doing something positive? Here are 4 things you can do:
  1. Complete our 2 minute survey on Divestment. Please respond to let us know what you think about this topic.
  2. Come along to our free public meeting 6pm-8pm Wednesday 5 October 2016 at The Joinery, to learn more about divestment. Our speaker is Jack Bertolus, Research Coordinator with Market Forces, a Melbourne-based organisation that advocates for money to be used as a force for good. Please register online.
  3. Participate in Divestment Day activities on Saturday 8 October 2016 – we’ll be taking our message directly to the big banks.
  4. Join Future Super before 21 October 2016 for your chance to win dinner with Naomi Klein. Future Super is Australia’s first 100% fossil fuel free super fund.

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Transforming energy – book review

 by Monica O’Wheel

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Recently at the Payneham Library a new book on display caught my eye. The cover features a typical South Australian scene – an old broken windmill in the foreground with a new wind turbine behind. I borrowed the book.

The author, Anthony Patt is Professor of Climate Change Policy at ETH Zurich. His thesis is that there are ways to avert catastrophic climate change, but that some of the currently favoured strategies to address this will not succeed in time. Continue reading