Progress on Moreland Council Divestment
We are very excited to share the news that a draft divestment motion is presently being circulated amongst the councillors. It’s critical at this point in time that they know there is community support for the initiative. We have three councillors who have publicly declared support for divestment (L Thompson, S Bolton & S Ratnam). We need six votes to pass – but we want all the councillors to embrace and back the motion.
Our petition is nearing 1000 signatures but showing there’s even greater enthusiasm is important – we need your help to get this historic motion over the line! For those in Moreland, if you could take the time to contact your Councillors to let them know you support divestment, it could be the difference. For those outside Moreland please write to the councillors as well – most of you signed this petition when you were in Moreland to shop, party or visit friends/family, so you are part of our community. You can inform the councillors of your support in a variety of ways.
Use the sample text provided below or your own inspiration to write them an email.
Call/text the councillors directly
Post on the Councillor’s public facebook pages (for those that have them – see below)
Send them a tweet supporting divestment (for those on twitter – see below)
In our discussions with councillors so far, none have ruled out supporting a divestment motion – it’s important we keep all our comments positive and give councillors the encouragement they need.
Here are the contact details of the Councillors – please let them know you support divestment and they should – you can also let the three who have publicly supported divestment know that they have your support.
North East Ward Councillors
Lenka Thompson (Has publicly supported Fossil Fuel Divestment)
Sue Bolton (Has publicly supported Fossil Fuel Divestment)
Phone: 9018 5310
Mobile: 0409 760 436
Public Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/giverobthejob
Phone: 9018 5296
Mobile: 0435 105 368
North West Ward Councillors
Phone: 9018 5308
Mobile: 0403 709 948
Phone: 9018 5257
Mobile: 0427 550 935
Phone: 9018 5249
Mobile: 0418 213 777
Phone: 9018 5263
Mobile: 0413 850 357
South Ward Councillors
Samantha Ratnam (Has publicly supported Fossil Fuel Divestment)
Michael and Isabella from the 350.org / Climate Action Moreland Team
Sample letter/email to councillors
Dear Councillor ##,
I know that at the moment there is a draft motion being circulated to divest the Council’s finances from banks who lend to dirty fossil fuel projects.
As a resident, I strongly believe that my council’s money should be used in a way that reflects its values. Investing in new coal and gas mines at this time is economically irresponsible and environmentally reckless. I urge you to support the motion for fossil fuel divestment. I am proud of the Council’s leadership on social and environmental issues and I want you to take this opportunity to be Australia’s first Fossil-Free local government.
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