Gillian is an artist with an eye (and heart) for Australia's beautiful natural environment.
In October 2017, Gillian decided to divest her super from fossil fuels and switch to Future Super. As well as moving her savings out of coal, oil and gas, Gillian's divestment decision contributed $50 to the #StopAdani campaign. As the 500th person to join Future Super in October, we thought we'd celebrate by finding out more about Gillian's story.
"I would like a world which is free from fossil fuel pollution."
1) Tell us a bit about yourself. Where did you grow up, where are you based now and what do you do for a living?
I grew up at Coorparoo in Brisbane. When I left school I worked in a bank for four years then headed overseas on a working holiday.
When I returned I soon married, had two boys, then re-entered the workforce in an office job for the next 22 years. In 2007, I decided to start my own business as a Professional Artist (Fine Art). I dabble mostly in acrylics and love beach scenes and the Australian landscape. I have sold over 800 paintings worldwide. My website is gillsart.com.au.
2) Congrats on being our 500th member for the month of October! What made you decide to switch to Future Super?
I was tired of waiting for my old super fund - who I had been with for over 20 years - to go fossil free, so I made the switch.
3) Where did your passion for climate justice come from?
I first became concerned about our addiction to fossil fuels when there was a decision made to expand Abbot Point to become one of the largest coal ports in the world. This would vastly increase the number of tankers travelling across our beautiful Great Barrier Reef. The recent coral bleachings on the Reef were an alarm bell for me, too. Warming and acidifying oceans has only increased my passion for climate justice.
4) How has the fossil fuel industry impacted upon your life?
The future I hope for is one where we look after our environment and protect the animals that occupy our planet. I would like future generations to enjoy a stable climate and feel safe. They should not have to endure increasingly destructive storms, floods, bushfires, extreme temperatures and rising sea levels.
5) What can people do to help fight Adani?
Future Super members can let their friends and family know about the background and environmental legacy of Adani, and also of the company’s use of tax havens. People can visit www.stopadani.com to find out how to get involved. We can implore the government to invest in renewable energy. And, of course, people can make their super fossil fuel free with Future Super.
6) What sort of future do you hope for?
I would like to see a world where our energy is clean, affordable and sustainable. I would like a world which is free from fossil fuel pollution.