Re-evaluating how your super is invested can have a huge impact on mitigating the effects of the climate emergency.
Why…..because most people are invested in the companies that are responsible for climate destruction.
The broader Superannuation system is currently worth about $3 trillion.
By 2038, it is projected to be worth $10 trillion.
With that size comes immense power.
Have you ever thought to engage with your super fund and ask, “what are you doing about the climate crisis?”
It’s one small step towards influencing massive change.
When it comes to healthcare professionals, we are committed to a better world, but this needs to include our actions outside of the hospital.
As healthcare providers, we don’t want to support the Tobacco industry, we wouldn’t want to invest in Asbestos and equally, we shouldn’t be letting our super finance the fossil fuel industry.
It is confronting to think that we may be profiting from our super being invested in companies that are huge carbon polluters.
We cannot stand idle and be indifferent, we must take action.
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Tim has 30 years financial markets experience, including providing public interest related financial analysis in the seaborne coal and electricity sectors for IEEFA since 2013, studying energy efficiency and renewables across China and India, and the resulting stranded asset risks in Australia. Tim was co-founder of a start-up global listed clean energy equities fund with Westpac as a cornerstone investor. From 1998 to 2007 Tim was Managing Director at Citigroup, Head of Australasian Equity Research, and worked at Macquarie Group in Australia then Deutsche Bank in Singapore as a top rated equity analyst since 1988.
Nick Watts is the Chief Sustainability Officer of the NHS, responsible for its commitment to deliver a world-class net zero emission health service. Based in London, he leads the Greener NHS team across the country, which focuses on improving the health of patients and the public through a robust and accelerated response to climate change and the broader sustainability agenda. Nick is a medical doctor licensed in Australia and the UK, and has trained population health and public policy. Prior to the National Health Service, Nick worked internationally as the Executive Director of the Lancet Countdown and the Lancet Commission on Health and Climate Change, a collaboration of UN agencies and academic centres across the world. He has also focused on engaging the health profession on the links between public health and climate change, having founded both the Global Climate and Health Alliance and the UK Health Alliance on Climate Change.
Dan Gocher is ACCR’s Director of Climate & Environment. Dan spent fifteen years in investment banking and asset management. More recently, he was the asset management campaigner at the environmental NGO Market Forces. Dan is an expert in corporate lobbying, climate risk disclosure, and engagement and proxy voting. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Sydney.
Courtney Howard is an Emergency Physician in Canada’s subarctic, President of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, Chair of the advocacy subcommittee of the WHO-Civil Society Working Group on Climate Change and Health, is on the Steering Committee for the Planetary Health Alliance and is Policy Coordinator for ClimateCODA. She has led research on menstrual cups and wildfires, was the 2018 International Policy Coordinator for the Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change, and has participated in advocacy around divestment, carbon pricing, active transport, plant-rich diets, coal phase-out, hydraulic fracturing, wildfires, and the mental health impacts of climate change. Her mentors in mischievous change-making are her two hilarious daughters, with whom she can frequently be found dancing to indefensible pop music.