Across the country young people are ‘adopting’ their local Westpac branch, to pressure them to rule out involvement in the Adani coal projects in Queensland, and put in place climate policies to transition away from fossil fuels. We'll be using the same cheeky tactics we’ve used over the years to get NAB, ANZ and CommBank to distance themselves from the project.
In the last week of February we recruited 1,000 new young people to volunteer on the campaign, with stalls at 25 university campuses. We then worked with our friends in the movement to hold actions outside Westpac branches, and even got national media coverage. In the past two weeks young people have adopted 110 Westpac branches and held regular actions at Westpac HQ, talking to thousands of staff members, and the pressure is working...
In a Senate Inquiry last week, the Westpac CEO said that he was hearing concerns about the Adani coal project from many staff, and that there’s a chance we will get an announcement on new coal in Westpac’s new climate review in April. Until then, our focus is to continue making sure Adani do not get any $ from Australia’s big four banks or a $1 billion loan from the Federal Government.
This is all part of the broader #StopAdani alliance that just launched, together with organisations including ACF, 350 and GetUp. Together we’re stronger and have the power to stop Adani once and for all! Come along to the #stopadani roadshow, with town hall meetings across the country next week in Townsville, Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra, and Melbourne from the 27th-31st of March - buy tickets here: http://www.stopadani.com/roadshow