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.
The Queensland Government recently announced a new policy regulating trans-shipping (unloading and reloading at sea) of coal off Queensland including within the Great Barrier Reef. While this looks like increasing protections it breaks a commitment by the Labor Party to not allow trans-shipping in reef waters by making exceptions for "designated ports", like Abbot Point. With a quick turn around date for the proposed regulation NQCC made a submission, available here: Trans-shipping_submission.pdf.
NQCC submission on the Coral Sea Marine Park Draft Management Plan.
On 20 September public comments closed on the federal Department of Environment and Energy’s Draft Management Plan for the Coral Sea. This was an opportunity for NQCC to have its views heard along with groups and individuals from around the country and the full text can be found here.
You may recall, Australia was heralded as a world leader in 2012 when the Marine Park Network and particularly the Coral Sea Marine Park were declared by the Labor Government. The Australian public overwhelmingly supported their declaration. This followed some 15 years of research, advocacy and consultation including some 10 years work by consecutive governments of both major parties. It included campaigning by NGOs in Australia, such as former colleagues of mine at WWF, one of whom received a richly deserved AO in part for her role in the Coral Sea declaration. To see this good work partly unravel is disillusioning. But it is not over yet!Read more
Paperbark is a monthly communique of current NQCC activities, campaigns, news and events.
In this October 2015 edition of Paperbark, welcome to our new-look e-newsletter & website. To subscribe to receive NQCC's newsletter and optionally other communications from NQCC click here.
NQCC is updating its ‘outreach capability’, with the adoption of the Nationbuilder software system. This is involving changes to our website. Thank you again to Malcolm Tattersall for his ongoing support with our website especially during the website restructuring phase.
Nationbuilder will help us engage with our members and supporters and, importantly, help members and supporters participate in our campaigns and activities. New functionalities include the ability for you to change and update your email preferences, nominate to volunteer in a particular way (a quick thank you at this point to our volunteers, your help really expands our effectiveness), become a member (coming soon), make a donation, buy merchandise, RSVP and buy tickets online to our events - all within our own secure site.
We encourage you to have a look around the NQCC website and in particular sign-up to receive e-updates from NQCC.
Wednesday 21 October: Microplastics, the invisible threat – AIMS Seminar, 2pm. Speaker is Professor Paula Sobral from Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal. Full information and registration available here.Read more