Four months ago I posted my first blog ever. Here it is.
I wanted to record my actions, following my decision to do more on climate change. I guess in a way, by documenting what I did, I was challenging myself to stick with this.
In the intervening months I’ve closed almost all my accounts with the Commonwealth Bank – tomorrow, on Global Divestment Day I’ll close the remaining two accounts. As part of this process I’ve exchanged letters, phone calls and emails with the Bank, explaining my decision to divest.
I’ve also been writing to GESB, my superannuation fund, asking for information about its fossil fuel investments. This is a work in progress…
I’ve also been part of an enthusiastic group of people who want to really raise the profile of climate change action in Fremantle. Last week, we launched 350 Fremantle. Over 100 people turned up and the majority committed themselves to get active. The enthusiasm to work together to take effective action was inspiring.
I’ve benefited a lot:
- I’ve learned that Twitter is a really great way to get and share information;
- I’ve educated myself about climate change science and negotiations through a great online course at Columbia university
- I’ve met wonderful, like-minded people living in my community
- I’ve felt the power of being part of something positive that is really making a difference.
On Saturday 14 February, I’ll be going to the Global Divestment Day activities in Subiaco and joining with people all over the world to send a powerful message that investment in fossil fuels has to stop.