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.
A war of words erupted yesterday between Queensland and Australian Government Ministers over who had done more to keep the Great Barrier Reef off the World Heritage ‘in danger’ list following the UNESCO Committee’s decision on Wednesday.
Heard about the Commonwealth Bank funding more fossil fuels in 2016 than any of Australia’s big banks? Feeling outraged that CommBank is propping up the dying coal industry that is polluting our planet and destroying irreplaceable wonders like the Great Barrier Reef?
Once upon a time, in the distant 60s and 70s, the Great Barrier Reef faced imminent destruction. Tenement applications for drilling and mining covered vast swathes of the reef, with both government and industry enthusiastically backing the plans for mass exploitation.
It was a Sunday morning in July, 2015, that I got a chance to board the Rainbow Warrior as a member and go on a guided tour of the vessel. When I was on the rubber dinghy on the way out to the boat I remember thinking, “I hope there is some type of an environmental emergency that the ship, the Rainbow Warrior would have to rush off to, with me still on board.”