Remembering Peter Gray

Photo of Peter Gray in the Hunter Valley

When we started The Sunrise Project in 2012, we established a small grants fund for local community groups working to solve the climate crisis. Named in memory of activist Peter Gray, the fund has since given 109 grants totalling over $600,000 to groups all over Australia.  On the ten year anniversary of Peter Gray’s passing, … […]

The World Needs a Cash-for-Coal-Clunkers Program

By Justin Guay. First published on Green Tech Media.  For just 5 percent of what the U.S. has spent on its COVID-19 recovery package, it could have bought out and retired every coal plant in the world. Instead, the U.S. coal industry is benefiting from recovery programs while the world continues to subsidise old, uneconomic coal plants … […]

Coronavirus Bailouts Stoke Climate Change

Central Banks Should Not Prop Up Foundering Fossil Fuel Firms By Justin Guay. First published in Foreign Affairs. The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed climate change from the headlines, but it has hardly arrested it. In the last month, the warming Indian Ocean has encouraged swarms of locusts to hop from East Africa to South Asia. … […]

Welcome to our new Board Chair Claire Mallinson

We are very excited to welcome our new Chair, Claire Mallinson who brings to the Sunrise Project Board strong strategic and campaigning expertise, business acumen and governance experience. Claire has over three decades of senior leadership experience with non-government organisations, both in Australia and internationally, operating in the environment, human rights, disability and health research … […]

Will China continue to bank on coal?

First published in China Dialogue by Yiting Wang and Alison Kirsch.  The 2020s have already proven to be replete with unprecedented challenges – and we’re only a few months in. The coronavirus pandemic is underscoring the extent to which the world is unprepared for global-scale disasters. And yet the climate crisis looms as another international … […]

Black Lives Matter

Two black women holding Black Lives Matter signs

With images of protests across the US dominating headlines around the world, the outpouring of anger and global solidarity in response to the murder of George Floyd exposes the profound structural racism and injustice that simmers below the surface, not only in the US but in so many countries. In Australia we have our own … […]

Did Coronavirus Make The IMF Director The Most Important Climate Leader No One Is Talking About?

When it comes to addressing the economic crisis created by the coronavirus pandemic how we spend the vast sums of public money being generated could forever alter the fossil fuel era. But all is not equal when it comes to marshaling resources to fight the crisis. Indeed, the world is increasingly being sorted into two camps … […]

Insurance, Pandemics and Climate Change

In 2013, 3,000 insurance executives were polled to identify the most serious extreme risks facing the industry. By a large margin, they identified the world’s greatest threat as “a new, highly infectious and fatal” pandemic. In case you were wondering, an “invasion of non-peace-seeking aliens” was ranked lowest among 57 different risk factors. In 2008 … […]

What will 2020 bring for coal insurance?

The insurance industry’s shift away from coal, the biggest source of CO2 emissions, is accelerating. When we launched our 2019 coal insurance scorecard in early December, we were excited to see that since April 2017, 17 insurers had withdrawn from the coal sector. What used to be a European phenomenon had also ignited action among … […]

Our in-depth analysis of BlackRock’s climate announcement

Today, after more than a year of increasing pressure from climate activists, investors, legislators, and thought leaders, BlackRock CEO Larry Fink, in his highly-anticipated annual letter to CEOs and to clients, announced a sweeping new set of policies which aim to put climate change and sustainability at the centre of BlackRock’s business model. BlackRock is … […]

Insurers withdrawing cover from coal projects double in 2019

46% of reinsurance market and 37% of industry’s global assets covered by coal exit policies. The number of insurers withdrawing cover for coal has more than doubled in 2019 as the industry’s retreat from the sector accelerates and spreads beyond Europe, the Unfriend Coal campaign reveals today in its third annual scorecard on insurance, coal … […]

New campaign launches to move Australia beyond coal 

Currently, Australia’s coal-based electricity grid is one of the most polluting in the OECD, and environment groups – representing more than a million Australians – are calling for a plan to make a fast and fair shift to renewable energy.  As the nation’s political leaders prepare to meet at COAG Energy Council meeting for the … […]

The Bank of England Has a Coal Problem

Calls for the financial system to wake up to the looming threat of climate change are growing louder by the day. Those calls have been coming most clearly from the Bank of England under Governor Mark Carney, who last week warned the treasury committee of global finance’s role in driving the climate crisis. The problem is … […]

Coal projects face higher investor hurdles as climate risks mount

The growing risks associated with financing new coal projects have driven European and American institutional investors to seek returns up to 4 times greater than those for other sources of energy, according to a survey by the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies. Why it matters: The cost of capital is a key determinant of whether new coal plants … […]

Asian banks are backing away from new coal plants

In the first four months of 2019, four major financial institutions headquartered in Asia have announced restrictions on the financing of new coal plants — a noteworthy shift within the region. Why it matters: Until recently, such restrictions came largely from Western financial institutions. But the majority of planned new coal plants are being built in just … […]

The smart money is jumping the coal ship

We have only 12 years left to save the planet from devastating climate change, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warned last October. With governments from Australia to the US missing in action, financial institutions have now emerged as unlikely allies of climate activists. In recent months banks and other financiers have pulled out of … […]

Europe’s 3rd largest insurance company turns away from coal

Generali’s recent announcement about its improved coal exclusion policy puts an end to insuring new coal plants and mines while turning away new coal clients with more than 30% of their energy production or revenues coming from coal. Generali follows Allianz, AXA and Zurich which all have announced restrictions on insuring coal. Now, Europe’s four … […]

Making history to push Australia beyond coal and gas

The 2018 Beyond Coal and Gas Jamboree (BCAGJ) brought together more than 340 people from a communities across Australia who are committed to build a movement that will move Australia beyond polluting fossil fuels into a future that puts people and the planet first, powered by clean energy.

Media Release: 2018 National Conference – Beyond Coal & Gas – The Transition is Now!

The Beyond Coal and Gas conference brings together over 350 people from grassroots communities across Australia and internationally, leading campaigns for the coal, gas and energy movements. These campaigners are fighting to protect their land, water and future, working from NSW’s Hunter Valley to SA’s Port Augusta, Qld’s Darling Downs to the NT’s Beetaloo Gas Basin. A key focus of the conference is the campaign to stop the controversial Adani coal mine.

World’s biggest insurer Allianz moves away from coal

Campaigners welcome decision, ask industry laggards to ditch coal as well Allianz, the world’s biggest insurance company by assets, announced today that it will no longer provide stand-alone insurance coverage for coal power plants or coal mines. The German insurer also announced that it will ban all companies planning to build more than 500 MW … […]

The Queensland community stops Adani’s $1 billion loan

With the Queensland Premier being pushed to veto Adani’s $1 billion loan, one thing is for certain: this would not have happened without the incredible, unrelenting and passionate work of thousands of community members in Queensland who met with their local MPs, showed up outside their offices, formed human signs and made it clear to … […]

Report: Leading insurance companies divest $20B from coal and end underwriting

Our new scorecard was released today, finding that most insurers are still failing to take action on coal to prevent dangerous climate change. Leading insurance companies have pulled $20 billion out of investments in coal and a growing number are refusing to underwrite new coal projects, reveals a new scorecard on the industry from the Unfriend Coal … […]

Turnbull Declares War On The Future

Malcolm Turnbull has just declared war on the future. For a man who came to power with a vision for innovation, his public call for new coal power stations in Australia combines brazen hypocrisy with economic stupidity, built on a foundation of reckless irresponsibility. If there was any doubt that he stands for nothing but power for its own sake, let it be dispelled once and for all.

Land Water Future gas licenses

The Land Water Future campaign sparked a whirlwind of activity across New South Wales (NSW) which saw communities standing up to halt the rampant and unchecked expansion of coal and coal seam gas mining and exploration across the state. In 2014, 80% of NSW was under threat from coal and gas mining, with licences and … […]

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