Fossil Free Australia

We're all part of institutions that ought to be looking out for the public good, from universities and religious institutions to local councils and state governments. Most of these institutions invest money in fossil fuels but we believe they have a responsibility to stop funding an industry that’s destroying our future, and start investing in climate solutions.

Despite the growing frequency of climate-driven extreme weather events, government inaction to solve this crisis is all but stalled. We have the solutions, but we won’t see any political progress on the issue until we can move investments from fossil fuels and toward the clean energy economy.

Start a campaign today demanding that your local institution:

1. Freezes any new investments in fossil fuels
2. Commits to a timeframe for divesting from existing fossil fuel investments.

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Campaigns (11)

  • Divest Shepparton from Fossil Fuels
    Climate change is not simply an environmental problem, but an issue of social justice, intergenerational equity, and the viability for future human endeavors. It is now widely understood that we cannot safely burn even one-third of global fossil fuel reserves without dangerously warming the planet for several thousand years. We are already witnessing the increasing impacts of a warming planet more and more consistently; in the last year alone our country experienced record-breaking heat, droughts, and extreme rainfall. These events had a grave impact on hundreds of thousands of people and cost our country billions of dollars. Experts agree that global warming caused by humans burning fossil fuels will continue to accelerate and intensify these tragic climate disasters. Through its current investment portfolio, City of Greater Shepparton is facilitating and profiting from the continued and expanding extraction and burning of fossil fuels, despite the harm that these practices are known to be causing to many millions of people worldwide. It is unethical and immoral for our council to be investing in, and profiting from companies that will condemn the planet to climate disaster. Therefore, we are calling on City of Greater Shepparton to divest from the fossil fuel industry. We believe divestment not only makes sense morally, but increasingly also financially, given the decrease in oil prices and associated investments and likelihood of a ‘carbon bubble’ bursting. Continued investment in companies that extract fossil fuels represents a significant risk to City of Greater Shepparton as these companies will face large devaluations when the world moves to lower emission energy sources. Let's strengthen City of Greater Shepparton’s commitment to sustainability and social justice by going fossil free.
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  • Hobart City Council Divestment. The petition is closed. 1500 signatures total on paper, plus online!
    As rate paying residents of Hobart we are extremely concerned about the effects of catastrophic climate change on our planet in general and Tasmania specifically.  We are calling upon Hobart City Council to live up to its promise to lead the community in responding to the threat of climate change and join the growing number of cities and municipalities worldwide in divesting from the fossil fuel industry.   Hobart City Council currently has $26 million, over 70% of its total investment portfolio, with the big banks which finance the fossil fuel industry.   There is a global concensus that the rise in temperatureS must be limited to 2°C to avoid catastrophic climate change, which would have severe effects both globally and locally, with Tasmania predicted to experience loss of economically important ecosystems and species due to warming oceans, loss of coastal areas to rising sea levels and increase in the frequency and severity of catastrophic bushfires.   To ensure warming does not exceed this 2°C limit, it has been estimated that 80% of remaining fossil fuel reserves must remain in the ground. Since national governments are not acting fast enough to ensure this, a growing number of local governments are ruling out using the money entrusted to them by their residents to advance the destruction of our planet. Cities that have divested so far have included Melbourne, Newcastle, Byron Shire Council, Freemantle, ACT, San Francisco, Seattle, Oslo and many others.
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    Created by Hobart 350
  • Divest from Fossil Fuels: Unitarian Church of South Australia
    In the interest of integrity, our Church's shareholdings need to be consistent with our principles. With climate change threatening our planet so severely, continuing to profit from the production of fossil fuels is inconsistent with our commitment to "respect the interdependent web of all existence" (our 7th principle). Given the devastating impact climate change is predicted to have on communities, particularly the poorest, profiting from fossil fuels is also arguably inconsistent with our 1st Principle - the inherent worth and dignity of every person; our 2nd Principle - justice, equity and compassion in human relations; and our 6th Principle - the goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all. In addition, there are strong financial arguments for divestment given that the pace at which the world is moving towards renewables leaves question marks over the long term prospects of fossil fuel producing companies.
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    Created by David Freesmith
  • Local Government Council Divestment Campaign in WA
    To maintain a liveable planet the United Nations is stating we need to keep 80% of our fossil fuels in the ground. We should appreciate our many renewable energy resources. Yet, our carbon emitting coal and gas industries continue to expand. Our banks and superannuation institutions invest trillions of dollars in the fossil fuel industry. Divestment, by moving money out of fossil fuels, sends a strong message that we no longer support companies that profit from climate change. “If it is wrong to wreck the planet then it is wrong to profit from that wreckage.” We have a choice. We must do all we possibly can to get money out of fossil fuels, as fast as we can to preserve a liveable planet for our children and grandchildren. The big four banks have loaned $36 billion since 2008 to new coal and gas projects in Australia. The coal and gas boom is threatening our farms, water resources, health, the environment and natural icons such as the Great Barrier Reef. It is also jeopardising our chances of keeping global warming to within manageable limits. The big banks are custodians of the majority of Australians’ money and most Local Councils have council/ratepayers money invested in them. They need to be held accountable for how it is used.
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    Created by Paula Samson
  • Divest The Eastern Beaches Suburbs from Fossil Fuels
    Local government are in a position of authority and power to invest ethically for the future and well-being of our planet, our country, and our children. "350 parts per million is what many scientists, climate experts, and progressive national governments are now saying is the safe upper limit for CO2 in our atmosphere. Accelerating arctic warming and other early climate impacts have led scientists to conclude that we are already above the safe zone at our current 390ppm, and that unless we are able to rapidly return to below 350 ppm this century, we risk reaching tipping points and irreversible impacts such as the melting of the Greenland ice sheet and major methane releases from increased permafrost melt." (Fossil Free, 2014) For more on the science of 350, vsit 350.org/science
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    Created by Tamara Killick
  • Divest the City of Grand Junction, CO From Fossil Fuels
    Carbon loading of our atmosphere is now having a devastating effect on our environment. It is wrong to continue to pour pollution into the atmosphere and it is wrong to profit from it. Financial companies such as HSBC, Citibank and the credit rating agency Standard & Poor's have now raised concerns about the financial stability of fossil fuel companies. Many institutions across the US are now divesting from fossil fuels. At over 200 campuses across the US, there are active campaigns to divest institutional funds from fossil fuel companies.
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    Created by Lou V
  • Divest Castlemaine from Fossil Fuels
    We need to reduce our emissions drastically and urgently if we're going to have a chance of avoiding the worst times ever. Divesting from the companies that sell the fuel that makes the emissions can undermine the social licence of the fossil fuel industry. It can be a measure of the political will to close them down. The greater the support, the better chance we have of succeeding. We need to keep global warming to less than a 1 degree rise above pre-industrial levels to maintain the planet's life support systems. And even if unsafe international commitments to 2 degrees are to be met, only 20% of fossil fuel reserves can be burnt. 80+% of the market valuation of the most profitable industry in the history of the planet is many times bigger than the housing bubble. So why not divest? Save some money and the planet!
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    Created by Mark Carter
  • Divest Canberra from Fossil Fuels
    The ACT has Australia's most ambitious targets for emissions cuts and growing the renewable energy of the future. So why on this threatened earth does it invest in the coal, gas and oil that undermines all its good work? It's a moral shame and a big financial risk. Canberrans expect more!
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  • For The City of Sydney To Divest From Fossil Fuels
    As one of Australia's largest and often self proclaimed 'greenest' cities, the Councilors of Sydney must lead by example and make Sydney the first city in Australia to declare itself Fossil Fuel Free. Profiting from the extraction, manufacturing, and burning of fossil fuels is both economically unviable and morally wrong. By divesting from hydrocarbon businesses, City of Sydney can instead invest in clean energy, contributing to a safer climate and investing in a more sustainable industry. The worlds carbon budget for stopping more then 2 degrees of warming is set at 565 gigatonnes. Meaning 80% of the known fossil fuel reserves MUST stay in the ground. It is unacceptable for the City o Sydney to continue investing in the fossil fuel industry.
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    Created by Will Bennett
  • Divest Sydney Anglican Diocese from fossil fuels
    This is important because profiting from activities that harm our neighbours (especially those who have contributed least to the problem: the global poor, future generations and other species) is a breach of the Lord's command, dishonours the Creator and compromises our witness and mission.
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    Created by Byron Smith
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