Kittens for the Reef was a stand-alone project sponsored by NQCC in 2015. It had its own facebook page and website, at kittensforthereef.org, until early 2018. That website has been recreated here for reference - and because we still like to see and hear Charlie Veron explaining the problem and its solution. The divestment movement is still important, and Market Forces is still a key player in it.
Welcome to Kittens for the Reef – where a kitten called Fluffy and world famous marine scientist Dr Charlie Veron join forces to help save the Great Barrier Reef and our world’s climate.
Fluffy and Charlie think the best way to do this is to follow the money - our money! Money that is held by the big Aussie banks.
The ‘Big 4’ banks have already invested a lot of that money in coal and fossil fuels. And they are soon to decide whether to lend billions and billions more for Indian-owned Adani’s Galilee basin coal projects in Central Queensland, including the massive Carmichael mine. Even more fossil fuels projects around Australia could be down the track.
There has never been a better time to tell the Big 4 that you won’t let your money be part of this! It’s time to make sure that if these banks stick to their old dirty habits, then they will be having kittens!
Need help with finding and switching to a clean lender? Our friends at the not-for-profit Market Forces have a great website showing which banks, building societies, super funds and other lenders are investing in coal and other fossil fuels, and how you can switch. And for free professional help in shifting your mortgage to a clean lender with a minimum of fuss check out Future Home Loans.
For information on which superannuation companies are the most exposed to fossil fuels and who you can switch to, visit Superswitch.
About the Video
Kittens for the Reef, featuring Dr Charlie Veron and his very cute assistant and social media star, Fluffy, is brought to you by North Queensland Conservation Council, a peak organisation in the Statewide environmental movement and the voice for the environment in North Queensland.
Dr J.E.N. (Charlie) Veron was recently described by none other than Sir David Attenborough as ‘one of the world's greatest scientific authorities on corals and coral reefs’.
Fluffy was born in December 2014 and belongs to Danielle, a student from Townsville who adores her pet and was keen to help with the project.
Divestment Day 2016 is coming up! Here’s a quick guide to what divestment is, the successes that divestment campaigns have had so far, and what we are doing this year.
Divestment is the opposite of investment. It’s rearranging your finances so that you aren’t supporting the fossil fuel industry through your bank, investments, superannuation or insurance. We have power as consumers to choose financial services products in-line with our strongly held convictions about climate change.Read more
On Friday 7th October, NQCC coordinated the Townsville event for National Divestment Day. We went to our banks and gave them the message that if they continue to choose fossil fuels, then we will choose a different bank.
Customers turned out across Australia on the 7th and 8th of October 2016 to demand real climate change action from their bank! ANZ, Commonwealth Bank, NAB and Westpac were held accountable to the fact that they promised climate change action but continued to fund the expansion of the dirty fossil fuel industry. Accounts were closed, cards cut up and more letters of warning from customers who are ready to move their money if the banks don’t deliver real climate change action.Read more
In this month’s Paperbark we have lots of updates about our campaigns and important details about upcoming events – including our AGM and Hell’s Gate Dam forum next Monday and our annual trivia night.
In this issue: Adani updates – save ARENA wrap – dead dugongs – marine parks – local water security – Boomerang Bags – saving frogs – divestment day – AGM and Hell’s Gate forum – our annual trivia night – Aussie Backyard Bird CountRead more
In this issue: Welcome back; Feeling the heat; NQCC News in brief; Carmichael Mine; Contaminated dust deposition; Water issues; A GLOBAL agreement on climate change – Paris December 2015; Divestment – Westpac commitment, Market Forces ‘Burned’ Report; improved SuperSwitch; Decarbonisation – Inspiration for Action; Earth Hour; Townsville Against Live Export; Turning clicktivists into real-world activists; Diary Dates.
It seems crazy to be wishing people a happy new year when we are over a 10th of the way through 2016 – but we do hope that the year ahead will be a good one for you and yours.