About Amplify Divestment
Amplify Divestment is mobilising musicians to support, participate in and promote fossil fuel divestment, the fastest growing movement for climate action in the world.
Divestment is simply the opposite of investment. It involves removing money from financial institutions that invest in goods or activities that you do not support – in this case mining coal, oil and gas. But it’s about much more than the money itself – it’s about saying “This is wrong and I don’t want any part in it.”
There’s a long and successful history of divestment campaigns targeting tobacco, weapons manufacturing and the South African apartheid regime. The fossil fuel divestment movement calls on citizens concerned about global warming to align their money with their values, and move their money out of banks and superannuation funds that are financially supporting the fossil fuel industry. This is arguably one of the most powerful actions an individual can take. And it has already been taken by thousands of people and major institutions such as the Australian National University, the Uniting Church of Australia, Stanford University, the British Medical Association and many more.
Musicians are hugely culturally influential people, influencing the clothes we wear and the food we eat, literally putting words in our mouths. Amplify Divestment recognises the important role musicians can play and is working to help musicians use their influence to spread the fossil fuel divestment movement.
Musicians who are featured on the Amplify Divestment website have pledged to move their money out of banks and/or superannuation funds that are financially supporting the fossil fuel industry. They have also committed to promoting the campaign to their fans and encouraging them to get their money out of fossil fuels.
There has never been a more important time to get involved.
Even though the world’s scientific community recognises that the world needs to leave the vast majority of fossil fuels in the ground if runaway climate change is to be avoided, the big Australian banks and superannuation funds continue to invest billions of dollars into the fossil fuel industry. Between 2008 and 2013, ANZ, Commonwealth, NAB and Westpac have loaned almost $20 billion to fossil fuel projects in Australia, with many of these projects being in ecologically sensitive areas such as the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. The majority of superannuation funds in Australia are significant shareholders in fossil fuel companies and affiliated companies such as BHP Billiton, Woodside Petroleum and AGL.
You can learn more about the fossil fuel divestment movement by visiting the websites of 350.org Australia and Market Forces.
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Amplify Divestment is a joint project of Green Music Australia, 350.org Australia and Market Forces.
Green Music Australia is helping the Australian music scene become a practical leader in sustainability – cutting energy use and waste streams, using renewable energy, and broadly showing our audiences how we can all go green while still having fun!
350.org Australia is an independent and not-for-profit project. It work with dozens of organisations, including Market Forces, Friends of the Earth Australia, the Australian Religious Response to Climate Change, Front Line Action on Coal, Doctors for the Environment Australia, the Australian Student Environment Network, and thousands of individuals to effect ambitious climate action through national events, activities and campaigns. 350.org Australia participates in global 350.org campaigns to raise awareness and bring about positive change.
Market Forces is a Friends of the Earth affiliate that works with individuals and groups around the world to prevent investment into environmentally destructive projects and programs.