Wednesday 29 July
7pm for 7.30pm
Guide Hall – Faversham Rd
“The fossil fuel divestment movement and steps you can take to clean up your finances”.
Govind Maksay is a campaigner at Market Forces – an affiliate project of Friends of the Earth. Market Forces undertakes research to reveal how banks, superannuation funds and other financial institutions are investing in the fossil fuel industry and runs campaigns to help Australians hold these institutions accountable. Market Forces has developed a range of tools and resources to help people switch to banks and superannuation funds not investing in the fossil fuel industry.
Govind has worked in the sustainability field for over a decade as an energy efficiency researcher. He joined Market Forces in 2013 because he saw the fossil fuel divestment movement as one of the most effective campaigns addressing climate change. He manages the bank divestment campaign at Market Forces.
Simon O’Connor is the CEO Responsible Investment Association Australia, the peak industry body for responsible and ethical investors across Australia and New Zealand. RIAA represents 150 members who manage over $500 billion of assets – ranging from large super funds and asset managers to financial advisers and research houses – and works to see more capital flowing into sustainable assets and enterprises.
Simon operates at the intersection of economics, finance and sustainability and has 15 years of international experience as an economic adviser, investment analyst and environmental consultant. Prior to joining RIAA as CEO in early 2013, he spent over five years at the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) as their Economic Advisor. In particular he led the debate on issues such as financing the transition to a low carbon economy, climate change policy and broader economic reform issues. He played an integral role in the development of the $10 billion Clean Energy Finance Corporation.
When not working to get more people investing sustainably, Simon can be found with his young family in the inner northern suburbs of Melbourne, enjoying the simple pleasures of cycling or chasing his chooks out of his vegie patch.
Join us for an engaging evening of discussion.
Come for some food and drinks at 7 pm, followed by the presentation with questions, a refreshment break and then a discussion of our actions over the next month and the list of possible ways that you can work with us to fight for a safe climate.
Gold coin donation.