The Wilderness Society Illawarra is launching a campaign to persuade Wollongong City Council to lead the way in mitigating climate change.
Spokesman Brian Mason says the group is calling on Council to take ratepayers funds out of any investment in fossil fuels and become a climate leader in their own operations in the next five years.
“Specifically, we are calling for divestment from companies that invest directly or indirectly in fossil fuels,”he says. “Wollongong Council currently has around $160 million in investments, much of it with the big four banks. We are calling on the council to become carbon-neutral in their own operations.
“We love Wollongong, from the escapement to the coast, but climate change puts it all at risk,” he says. “We’re already seeing heatwaves, storm events, rising sea levels and erosion.We know by working together we can make a real difference to protect our environment, both locally and nationally. ”
The Wilderness Society Illawarra will hold a public meeting at Corrimal Community Centre on Tuesday March 28 at 6pm to discuss the campaign.