What’s new?

What’s new?

We converged!

Two of our members attended the National Fossil Free Convergence in Katoomba on 10-13 March. The weekend was jam-packed with training sessions, networking opportunities and empowering vibes!

  • 101 dedicated students, staff, and alumni from all over Australia (and five from New Zealand!) attended the event.
  • We skilled up in community organising, research and action planning. 
  • We were welcomed as a newly kickstarted campaign along with Fossil Free ACU (Australian Catholic University).

We loved it! We’ll be using what we learnt when planning our campaign back at USC, and making the most of the new relationships we built with other uni groups.

What now?

We’re meeting with the University Chief Operating Officer this week to discuss divestment.

We’ve already been told that USC does not directly invest in companies associated with fossil fuel, that the majority of USC’s investments are held with the Queensland Treasury Corporation (QTC), and that the remainder is held with the four large banks in Australia. But we remain unconvinced, and suspect that USC is investing indirectly in the fossil fuel sector via QTC’s benchmark bonds. 

We need more details. We’ll be asking for more transparency regarding USC’s investments and a commitment that the University will investigate ways to divest and/or make a public commitment not to invest in fossil fuels in future.

What about you?

You can support Fossil Free USC in a number of ways:

  1. Sign and share our petition. We need numbers to show that students, staff, alumni and members of the community want a fossil free uni!
  2.  Join the team and come with us to Brisbane on Sunday 9 April for campaign training, organised and facilitated by 350.org.
  3. Let us know if you want to get involved in any other way.

What next?

  • We’re still planning to hold an information session on campus to raise awareness about our campaign and build our USC network. We’re hoping to schedule it before the end of April, so stay tuned for more details soon!
  • We’ll be taking part in the Global Divestment Mobilisation early May. Again, more details coming soon but you can register your interest here in the meantime.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And…. we’re off!

And… we’re off!

The Fossil Free USC campaign kicked off last month at O’week with the launch of our petition. The petition is opened to all students, staff, alumni and members of the community, and can be shared with anyone who supports the campaign.

We’ve also made contact with the Vice-Chancellor’s Office to request a meeting and discuss how other universities in Australia and worldwide have successfully divested from fossil fuels. The response we received indicated that USC does not directly invest in companies associated with fossil fuel, that the majority of USC’s investments are held with the Queensland Treasury Corporation (QTC), and that the remainder is held with the four large banks in Australia.

Clearly, we remain unconvinced about the nature of USC’s investments. With investments held with the QTC, we suspect USC is investing indirectly in the fossil fuel sector via QTC’s benchmark bonds, as these bonds may include corporate bonds issued by fossil fuel companies. 

We need more details, so we’ve requested a meeting with the Chief Operating Officer to discuss further. 

What now?

Two of our members are attending the National Fossil Free Convergence in Katoomba this weekend. They’ll get to meet people from other universities and communities across the country, connect with them and learn from them.

The program is full of good stuff, with experienced national and international speakers and a heap of skills-based workshops. Apart from meeting awesome like-minded people and building our network, we know the experience will help Fossil Free USC kick off on the next stage of the campaign.

We’d like to thank the USC Student Guild for partly funding our travel costs for this opportunity.

What next?

  • We’re planning to hold an information session and/or workshop in the next few months to raise awareness about the issue on campus and build our USC network.
  • There’s also the Global Divestment Mobilisation coming up early May, and we’ll be aiming to take part in this global movement in one way or another.
  • We’re hoping to build the strength of our team in number, and will be recruiting and coaching new members as we go.
  • We’ll also continue to promote our campaign and get signatures for our petition at every occasion we get. We’ll be at each USC Market Day this semester – come and say hello!

Stay tuned!

We’ll make sure to give you an update on the learnings and experience our two representatives gain from the Convergence, and share it all with you here!