BP and Total have suffered a massive setback in their plans to drill for oil near the Amazon Reef. The companies’ joint application for a drilling permit is in crisis, after the Brazilian government rejected their environmental impact study.
I opened up the group email from Greenpeace. It explained that the organiser of the the up-coming Greenpeace protest on the Sunshine Coast to stop The Commonwealth Bank investing in fossil fuels, had stepped down rather late in the piece.. The email asked if anyone would like to step into the role at this late stage, just a couple of weeks before the action.
The Commonwealth Bank have just announced that they have ruled out funding the Carmichael mine. They have joined 24 other banks from around the world in saying they won’t fund this dodgy, destructive, mega mine project.
A few weeks ago, mum called to tell me how horrified she had been to find out that plastic toothbrushes end up in landfill; and that she had bought bamboo brushes for the whole family. I promised to remember to take my new toothbrush on my next visit; and of course reassured her that, yes, I do still remember to always brush up and down. Needless to say, she was really excited about the new toothbrushes (and my dental hygiene).
CommBank invested more money into polluting fossil fuels in 2016 than any other Australian bank. By propping up dirty energy, CommBank is holding us back from a future with clean air, clean water and a healthy Great Barrier Reef.
Always being a keen “keyboard activist”, signing petitions and sending emails, I told myself that as a busy working mum this was all I had time to do. So, when Greenpeace asked me to step up and lead some Coalbank action in my region, the temptation was soon quashed with my own ready mantra, “I’m working full time and now studying too – I haven’t got the time”