SUE JACKSON Therapist/Writer/Photographer/Activist

Last year, as the unofficial blogger/photographer to the anti-East-West Link campaign, our battles were my blog's entire focus. But by Christmas, with the electoral win for people power and the dumping of the dud Tunnel, I was suddenly at a loss. What to write about now? Not sure yet. But there will be ongoing musings and images from this Australian life. So please leave a message. (No need to sign into an account. Simply comment as ‘anonymous’; then leave your name within the comment itself.)

Friday, February 13, 2015

To My Valentine: the Planet. 'Happy Divestment Day!'

However it might appear, what you are looking at (above) isn't a Revival Meeting in the Deep South. The group's eyes are not gazing upward in search of the divine. Although I must say the photographic drone, the focus of their attention, was pretty heavenly. I'm sure you'll agree once you see an image of it:

The drone was there to take pictures of the human sign that members of, GetUp and other community organisations and individuals travelled to Alexandra Gardens to make this morning. Global Divestment Day was the occasion and the sign simply implored 'Divest'. It was Melbourne's contribution to the 2 days of activities designed to raise awareness of the need to withdraw funding from companies that are destroying our planet. The aim of the relatively new Divestment movement was well put by Amber Craig, a recent Science Graduate from Melbourne University and speaker at the rally: 'Our power is our bank accounts.'

Amber Craig

Amber's group Fossil Free MU last year canvassed academic staff, circulated a petition and wrote an open letter to the university's management in the hope that MU will become the first tertiary institution in Australia to divest. Today, students from three other local universities - Swinburne, Monash and RMIT - cut ribbons signalling the formation of their own divestment groups.
The audience (human and canine) - many bedecked in GetUp's familiar orange - listened attentively to all the speakers:

We heard from Samantha Hunter, Greens councillor for the progressive Moreland City Council, that by June the council will have withdrawn all its money from the blinkered 'Big 4' banks (Commonwealth, Westpac, ANZ and National Australia). And it was heartening to learn that the Anglican diocese of Melbourne has set a financial example that is now being followed by other dioceses elsewhere in Australia.

It seems particularly apt on Valentine's Day, the day of love, that we are reviewing our relationships. And it's timely too to check out how the commitment of others to their old flames is faring. The billionaire Rockefellers, numerous foundations, colleges, universities and funds (including superannuation) as well as cities (such as Fremantle) and even whole countries, like Norway, are deciding to dump those old flames. They've realised that while coal, gas and oil might seem superficially to have humanity's interests in mind, just below the surface they are heartless and in it only for themselves.
So Valentine would agree that today is the perfect opportunity to break up with them once and for all and move on. Especially since renewables are ready and waiting. They might not have the conventional red roses in hand. But old habits are a thing of the past, and I'd prefer these orange beauties at the Alexandra Gardens any day:


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brilliant Sue. Great Post

12:00 AM  
Blogger Sue Jackson said...

Thanks a bunch for the support.

12:40 AM  
Blogger Luke C Jackson said...

Fantastic, mum. Happy Valentine's/Divestment Day! :)

4:41 AM  
Blogger Sue Jackson said...

And Happy Valentine's/Divestment Day to you and the other dear Valentines/Divestors in the family!

12:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great initiative and great photos. Thanks a lot.

3:14 PM  

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