Fos­sil fuel-free fu­ture

Midland Reporter - - Front Page - Sarah Brookes

THE City of Kala­munda will de­cide later this month whether to join the grow­ing num­ber of coun­cils turn­ing their backs on banks and fi­nan­cial agen­cies who still in­vest in fos­sil fu­els.

Res­i­dents have teamed up with Tran­si­tion Town Kala­munda and the Hills group to throw their sup­port be­hind the coun­cil to sup­port divest­ment in Kala­munda.

Tran­si­tion Town spokes­woman Adele Stande­ven said 12 WA lo­cal gov­ern­ment au­thor­i­ties had al­ready di­vested.

“Eco-war­riors from Ed­ney Pri­mary school in High Wy­combe are par­tic­u­larly in­ter­ested in send­ing the coun­cil a clear mes­sage to sup­port divest­ment,” she said.

“This is not about money, it's about in­vest­ing in our chil­dren and gen­er­a­tions to come.

“All the positive things they learn about sus­tain­abil­ity in schools cou­pled with changes at the gov­ern­ment level will make a big dif­fer­ence to their fu­ture.”

Ms Stande­ven said divest­ment would en­able coun­cil staff to di­vest money in lo­cal and eth­i­cal banks.

“This is a move away from fos­sil fuel sup­port­ers,” she said.

“When in­ter­est rates are the same, the divest­ment pol­icy al­lows coun­cil staff to choose a fos­sil-fuel free bank. They can choose from a range of banks and Bendigo Bank, which has two branches in the lo­cal area, will be one of the choices.”­mu­ni­ d485776 Pic­ture: David Baylis

Tran­si­tion Town Kala­munda’s Adele Stande­ven (cen­tre) with stu­dents and sup­port­ers of the divest­ment ini­tia­tive.

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