On Saturday 19 March, Yarra Climate Action Now volunteers spent several hours leafletting the customers of the Bourke Street Mall and Collingwood branches of ANZ bank, as part of the Greenpeace Dirty Banks campaign. We were there to let people know that for every dollar ANZ invests in renewable energy, they invest $6.40 in global warming-causing coal energy. .
Despite their greenwash, ANZ is one of the major financiers of coal infrastructure in Australia, and thereby a facilitator of increasing greenhouse gas emissions and the impacts of climate change. .
Our material was well received, with lots of people stopping to chat and the Bourke Street Mall team running out of flyers a good half hour before the bank branch was due to close! .
Our message to ANZ is clear. Stop pretending to care about your customers while undermining their wellbeing with your investments. Stop investing in fossil fuels, stop facilitating the destruction of our economy and ecology. It’s time to invest in a zero emissions future.
Come along to help hold ANZ accountable for their support of the coal industry. There are two locations, each with two separate shifts for this action. Register for one of the shifts with Ian at iandrmack -at- optusnet.com.au or alternatively, just show up! . When: SATURDAY MARCH 19 Where: ANZ Branch 219 Smith St, Fitzroy Times: 9am to 11am and 11am to 1pm
When: SATURDAY MARCH 19 Where: ANZ Branch 309 Bourke St Mall, City Times: 10.30am to 12.30pm and 12.30 to 2.30pm .
A new report commissioned by Greenpeace, Pillars of Pollution: How Australia’s Big Four Banks Are Propping Up Pollution, reveals the extent to which Australia’s big four banks are investing in polluting coal power – and they’re using your money to do it. For every $1 ANZ invested in renewable energy over the last five years, it invested $6.40 in coal. .
These banks spend huge amounts of money and time trying to sell themselves as environmentally responsible. But if they continue heavily investing in polluting power, it doesn’t matter how many trees they plant – the damage caused by their coal investments is already too great. .
Local Melbourne climate action groups YCAN and inc3 are organising an action as part of the Greenpeace Dirty Banks campaign to pressure the big four to stop funding new coal fired power stations. We would love to invite and have you join us in this action. .
The action will mainly involve leafleting outside ANZ bank branches, holding banners, etc. .
This is the same strategy that was used to make it hard for Gunn’s and their pulp mill to get funding and holding financial institutions to account for the greenwash they are building into their branding. Tasmania as we know recently has had their breakthrough agreement with the loggers. .
The facebook event page is here.
Help us make the City of Yarra Proudly Plastic Free
Plastic is an environmental nightmare. Manufacture of plastics produces greenhouse gas. Plastic waste leaches toxins into our waterways. Toxins from plastics can end up in our food chain. Recycling reduces the problem, but the best strategy is to not use plastic in the first place.
We call on Yarra City Council to initiate a Proudly Plastic Free Campaign encouraging food outlets in the City of Yarra to stop using and distributing disposable plastic items, such as bags, bottles, cutlery and packaging.
Also, we pledge that we will preference businesses that display a Proudly Plastic Free Yarra sign.