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On this page you will find actions which are part of ongoing campaigns Climate Change Balmain Rozelle is supporting.

Climate Change Balmain Rozelle communicates and coordinates with other environmental campaigning organisations to get across the issues and stay up-to-date. We distill key information from the reams of detail and provide you with background Fact Sheets to help inform your views and keep across issues. We aim to provide information tools to make your contribution focussed, efficient and effective.

How green is your money?
Make a fuss/make a switch

Retiree with superannuation? Young person with a bank account? Company shareholder? Your savings are invested in projects that can either increase global warming – or slow it down.

Do you know how your bank or super fund invests your money?

When governments fail to act with urgency, others need to step up. Forward-thinking companies recognise that for their survival, and ours, they need to divest from fossil fuels. Taking care of the climate is responsible economic management.

How is YOUR money being used? Climate Change Balmain-Rozelle is working with Market Forces to help you tell your financial institution that YOU recognise the risk of business-as-usual. Don’t just make a switch, make a fuss to effect change.

What you can do

How green is your money? Survey report

CCBR recently completed a survey of 132 (self-selected) respondents about what they knew about – and what they wanted from – their banks and super funds when it came to investments in fossil fuels.

Almost 85% were very concerned about the changing climate, and well over 90% thought that governments needed to act, for example by pricing carbon pollution from industry and transport, and setting targets for renewable energy.

Individuals are already stepping up to fill the gap left by lack of government action. Industry and to a lesser extent financial institutions keep their fingers on the consumer pulse and adjust their practices accordingly. But they need to be supported and guided with consistent economic policies and direction by government.

92% thought banks and other financial institutions, the main subject of our survey, also needed to act. How? Examples were stopping loans for extraction or burning of coal and gas, or partnering with finance for non-polluting industries.

On Banks, one quarter of respondents said they had already switched (thank you!) and about 60% said they would like to know more about their bank’s position on lending to fossil fuel industries.

I have partially switched but want to know more – I’m not sure the bank I’ve switched to is telling me the whole story as a subsidiary of a BIG bank.

For these respondents, we suggested Market Forces Compare Bank Table.

On Super funds, the most common response was “I don’t want anything to do with fossil fuels, and would like to be in a fund that only lends for positive environmental outcomes”. Almost 20%, although locked into their fund, said they were prepared to make a fuss.

Again, Market Forces provides an option to find out more about super funds, or to send an email to your fund urging a stronger response. We also recommended an excellent webinar by Craig ReucasselI and the Responsible Investment Association Australasia, Saving Planet A with your Super.

Narrabri gas campaign

Update January 2021: The Environmental Defenders Office has just launched a court challenge over the approval of this project in north west NSW, on behalf of the Mullaley Gas and Pipeline Accord (MGPA). MGPA will argue the IPC failed to properly assess the climate impacts from this project and didn’t assess the impacts from the transmission pipeline Santos will have to build to make the project viable. Read more ...

Update September 2020: The Independent Planning Commission approved this project (with over 300 conditions) in spite of over 20,000 submissions against it. The campaign is not yet over.

The NSW Government has recommended approval of an 850-well coal seam gas field in the Pilliga forest wilderness and farmland near Narrabri.

This represents an enormous expansion of NSW gas extraction ( 4 times the size of previously approved CSG projects in NSW).

The Pilliga is the largest temperate forest we have left in the state. Turning it into an industrial gas field will poison groundwater, carve up the forest with roads and pipelines, endanger koalas and other threatened species, and increase the risk of wildfires.

Encourage the Independent Planning Commission to decide against expansion of Coal Seam Gas mining in Pilliga area by mining giant Santos. Make your submission by August 10.

Everyone can have a share in solar

Climate Change Balmain-Rozelle has long been a supporter of solar PV on public and private buildings in the Inner West. We are excited that three community groups now have initiatives so everyone can have a share in a renewable future.

Renters, future renovators and shady characters:

for whatever reason, you may be locked out of installing your own system. But you can now join a cooperative to produce solar power, and receive the benefit on your electricity bill. Haystacks is a 3-hectare community-owned solar garden (1MW) on a farm in the NSW Riverina. What we like? It benefits the local community, and your share is transferable (within NSW) so you could pass on the future credits to, say, a family member if your circumstances change. You have until the end of November to express interest by joining the co-op. EXTENDED TO DECEMBER! We recommend attending an online information session.

Apartment owners:

as individuals you could join the Haystacks co-operative, but there may be other solutions to get your whole building producing solar. Find out the options at Solar4Strata, a webinar by Climate Justice Sydney East, on November 16 at 6.30pm. Register.

Home owners:

not sure where to start? Our mates at Inner West Community Energy have helped 80 local residents to get solar power in the last three years or so. They provide a free service to deliver practical advice to individuals, businesses and community organisations who want to install solar, and connect them to a network of trusted installers. And IWCE has just constructed and commissioned a massive solar PV system on Acre Eatery at Camperdown Commons.

We are pleased to let you know about these ways to act, because they are all initiated by not-for-profit groups, helping individuals work together to reduce fossil fuel emissions.

School Strike 4 Climate: a message for our politicians

On September 25, school students across Australia will be calling on politicians to Fund Our Future not Gas. CCBR supporters have already begun to amplify the message - socially distanced of course!

There has never been a more important time to ensure that, as we recover from the current economic shock, our future jobs and industries are based on the clean renewable resources Australia has in abundance, as well as on the principle of inter-generational justice.

Yet our Federal Government's response is heaviiy weighted to using public money to support the expansion of gas, both domestically and as an export. We've asked for a meeting with our local MP, Anthony Albanese, to ask about his policy in coal and gas, and the transition we must have over the next decade.

What you can do

Stop Adani from destroying lives of indigenous people in India

Adani plans to ship coal from its proposed Carmichael coal project in Queensland to Godda in eastern India where they are constructing a new coal-fired power station to burn Australian coal to generate dirty, overpriced power for Bangladesh. Adani’s proposed coal plant at Godda will displace thousands of Indigenous adivasi (Aboriginal) people, and be highly polluting for the local community and global climate.

In September 2019, Adani’s newly proposed water pipeline for the coal power plant received approval, enabling Adani to take 36 billion litres a year out of the Ganges to support their power plant. The surrounding communities continue to resist Adani’s plan despite serious oppression.

What you can do