After nine months of hard work speaking to Vision Super members outside local council offices, a petition calling on the super fund to put in place a plan for complete divestment from fossil fuels was handed over this morning at their Melbourne headquarters.

684 members have signed the petition so far, representing a level of engagement that’s likely to be unprecedented in Vision Super’s history.

Vision Super members with the petition.

Vision Super members with the petition.

“I’ve been a Vision Super member for 12 years, and I’ve been expressing my concerns to them over their coal, oil and gas investments for the last seven years”, Che Oliva, a Vision Super member who works at a local council in Melbourne said.

“I am encouraged by Vision Super’s steps so far to reduce members’ exposure to fossil fuels. It’s obvious they already take climate risk seriously. What we are asking in this petition is to see a detailed plan for getting fossil fuel exposure to zero over time.”

Recent polling by Market Forces found that 67% of industry super fund members, and 64% of Australians overall wanted their superannuation fund to be proactively reducing their exposure to fossil fuel investments.

Valerie Kay, another Vision Super member who signed the petition said, “I want my super fund to fully divest from fossil fuels and to be leading the way in addressing climate change. It’s great to see so many of my fellow super fund members agree.”

The campaign continues…

Vision Super members Valerie and Che hand the petition to Vision Super staff member Sean.

Vision Super members Valerie and Che hand the petition to Vision Super staff member Sean.