sign on form

Stay up to date

Sign up now for all our news
in one monthly digest

Sixty prominent Australians call on ‘big four’ banks to end fossil fuel investment

Main
Banks
Dodgy deals
By Market Forces | Melbourne, Jun 28 2013

Sixty prominent Australians are calling on the CEOs of the big four banks to stop investing in the fossil fuel industry through an open letter organised by Market Forces and 350.org launched today.

Nobel Laureate in Literature John Coetzee, two-time Booker Prize winning author Peter Carey, two-time Olympic Rower Victoria Roberts, musicians Claire Bowditch and Mark Seymour and former politicians Carmen Lawrence and Cheryl Kernot topped the list of leading Australians who signed the letter, directed to the CEOs of ANZ, Commonwealth Bank, NAB and Westpac. Professor Peter Singer and climate change scientist Professor Lesley Hughes joined business and religious leaders, artists, academics and health professionals who took part.

The letter will appear in mainstream media advertisements from Saturday1, while an online version of the letter allows members of the public to add their own name in support of the letter.

"When 60 leading Australians representing such diverse backgrounds demand bold action from our banks to avoid runaway climate change, it's time to listen," said Market Forces Lead Campaigner, Julien Vincent.

Former Chair of the Australian Coal Association Ian Dunlop, also a signatory to the letter, said "The coal industry, and its bankers, have known for more than 3 decades that carbon emissions from coal consumption would, at some stage, stop expansion of the industry. That time has now come."

The letter comes as US President Barak Obama, in a speech this week, encouraged fossil fuel divestment campaigns in his own country and a week after the Australian Government's Climate Commission released a report acknowledging that most of the world's fossil fuel reserves would need to be left in the ground in order to prevent global temperatures rising more than 2˚C above pre-industrial levels.

"The big four banks have been playing an instrumental role in financing the expansion of the fossil fuel industry, which is threatening natural icons such as the Great Barrier Reef, as well as our chances of avoiding runaway climate change," said Mr Vincent. "We need Australians to get behind this call to the big banks, telling them it is not acceptable to finance this environmentally destructive and economically risky industry."

To view the open letter and its complete list of signatories online, please visit:
http://openletter.marketforces.org.au
Signatories are available to speak to media on request.

1. A full-page advertisement will appear in the Weekend Australian Magazine on Saturday, 29 June and advertisements will also feature on The Age, Sydney Morning Herald and Brisbane Times' websites.

contact

Julien Vincent, Market Forces Lead Campaigner - +61 (0)419 1769 529

Market Forces Website

ANZ
The Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited commonly called ANZ, is the fourth largest bank in Australia, after the Commonwealth Bank,…
Commonwealth Bank
Commonly referred to as the Commbank, the Commonwealth Bank of Australia was founded in 1911 by the Australian government, listed on the Australian Stock Exchange in 1991,…
NAB
The National Australia Bank Group is one of the four biggest banks of Australia. It was founded in 1982 as the National Commercial Banking Corporation of Australia Limited.…
Westpac
Westpac is an Australian bank with a strategic focus on Australia, New Zealand and the near Pacific. The Westpac Group provides a broad range of banking and financial services,…
Great Barrier Reef Coal & Gas Exports
Australia
Australia is on the verge of an unprecedented coal boom. The epicentre of this expansion is the yet-to-be-developed Galilee Basin in Central Queensland. Galilee is the proposed…
Login

Good login. Redirecting to
'My Banktrack'.
Wrong login. Click here to request your password.
An email has been sent with your login!
Request password
This email is unknown.
<< Back
Search
Please provide one or more search terms

Join our mailinglist

Get all our latest news releases delivered straight to your inbox - or get our News Digest once a month

banktrack tweets
RT @CarelMohn25: It's not a sale! EU Com gives green light for Vattenfall to pay EPH so that they take over German lignite operations https…
Sep 22, 2016
RT @AccountCounsel: The expansion of El Dorado International Airport in Bogotá, Colombia is officially a “Dodgy Deal”! We are glad to... ht…
Sep 22, 2016
contact
route
Vismarkt 15
6511 VJ Nijmegen
Netherlands


contact@banktrack.org
Contact us