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Surfers take on oil giants, Brisbanites sue Super funds.. we're celebrating people power!

With School Strike 4 Climate coming up later this month, it's a great time to celebrate some of our favourite stories of people-power changing the world.

Parrys
Sustainability wizard
Published on:

May 6, 2021

As anyone who has seen Spider-Man knows, “with great power comes great responsibility”.

Big businesses and governments have their hands on some pretty powerful environmental levers, but we the people also have our dollars and our votes to tell these big players what we want!

With School Strike 4 Climate coming up later this month, it's a great time to celebrate some of our favourite stories of people-power changing the world.

1. Meet the teens who got Bali to ban plastic bags

Melati and Isabel Wijsen were just 10 and 12 years old when they started campaigning to ban plastic bags in Bali. (The Greener team were... ahem.. doing very different things at that age). Their campaign, Bye Bye Plastic Bags, lead to an official island-wide ban from 2018! Watch their Ted Talk here.  

2. Meet the 25-year-old Aussie who sued a 50-billion-dollar super fund over climate inaction

This story hit the newsstands last year, and oooohh it’s a goodie. Brisbanite Mark McVeigh sued Rest Superfund for failing to properly address climate risk in its portfolio and disclosure practices. The result? Rest agreed to align its investments with net-zero emissions by 2050, setting a positive precedent for the world of Aussie investment.  

3. Meet the grassroots alliance saving the Great Australian Bight from oil drilling

It remains an ongoing battleground, but Fight for the Bight has had some serious wins – like pushing big oil companies BP, Chevron and Equinor out of the Great Australian Bight, protecting this pristine marine environment.  

4. Meet the Indigenous woman leading the fight against NT fracking

Bundjalung woman, Amelia Telford, is leading the fight for climate justice in the NT. At just 18 years old, she founded Seed Mob, an Indigenous youth climate network. Among other successes, Seed Mob (in alliance with other environmental groups) got Australia’s 4 largest banks to rule out funding Adani's coal mine.  

5. Meet.. you!

Every Greener member uses the power of their dollars to have a positive impact. We can all do our bit for the planet by using our everyday spending to support businesses that are working to be better, and who have committed to cleaning up the emissions associated with your spending.

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