Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Australia and half a million joined around the world on Sunday 21 September in climate rallies urging governments to stop sitting on their hands and take action together to lower the severe risks of climate change. Australia’s backward performance compares to pledges of deep cuts in emissions by other countries at the following national leaders climate change summit in New York (not attended by Tony Abbott).
In Canberra, a rally organised by the Australian Youth Climate Coalition (AYCC) and 350.org at the Australian National University, (supported by many of the youths’ elders) focused on disinvestment from coal and other fossil fuel industries and the banks and other institutions that support them. A person or organisation can ‘disinvest’ through their stock portfolios, superannuation, and lobby for local governments churches or universities to sell their fossil fuel company investments. That message also encourages Australians to vote with their savings and move it to a bank (like Bendigo) that doesn’t support coal. Recent investment advice indicates this is not a bad move.
Consumers can buy into renewable energy alternatives, and besides solar power on the roof, that could mean switching to an energy retailer offering renewable powered electricity. Momentum and Red are two such retailers offering hydro. The ACT aims to be 95 percent renewable energy powered, relying also on regional wind resources.
More from the local rally in the October issue of the Bulletin.
Image: Sending a message from those who will inherit the planet: at the ANU, Trudy Brasell-Jones and her children from left: Isha, Emi and Jolan