This month’s action is to sign the Banking on our Future pledge, a campaign from THIRD ACT to get the big four banks to STOP lending to fossil fuel companies. It’s quick and easy, and could have a big impact! These four banks–Bank of America, Chase, Citibank, and Wells Fargo, are funding climate chaos with no plans to stop. You can help change that by signing the Pledge:TAKE THE PLEDGE!
Last year, the International Energy Agency stated that in order to meet the Paris climate targets there can be no new investments in oil, gas, or coal, starting immediately. Yet since the climate accords were signed, Chase, Citi, Wells Fargo and Bank of America have loaned the fossil fuel industry a trillion dollars with no plans to stop.
But these banks rely on their credit card and banking customers to stay in business. An effective consumer campaign could exert powerful economic and social pressure on them to stop funding the destruction of a stable climate through fossil fuel investing. You can help by pledging that by the end of 2022, if these banks are still funding fossil fuel projects, you will cut up your credit card and close your account with them. If you don’t bank there now, you pledge you won’t do so in the future.
To check your bank’s fossil fuel financing record:
Bank.green, a tool rating various banks on their fossil fuel financing record
Resources to find better credit cards for the climate:
Green America’s list of credit cards issued from banks that don’t lend to fossil fuel companies.
One of the most high-impact actions you can take towards decarbonizing is to electrify your machines. This is because electric motors are much more efficient than fossil fuel-fed motors at converting energy into useful work. In addition, we have proven technologies for producing carbon-free electricity.
This month’s action is to take a step toward electrifying your home or vehicle(s). Below are TWO actions, from inexpensive to ambitious. Please choose one and take it!
ACTION ONE: Download Redwood Energy’s 2-page Summary of All-Electric Retrofits for your home, and choose a home retrofit action to take:DOWNLOAD RETROFIT GUIDE
ACTION TWO: Take Rewiring America’s Pledge to Electrify! They have great resources on the benefits of electrification as well as guidance on top actions to take. When you take the pledge, you’ll be notified about new electrification news and resources, which are all free.TAKE THE ELECTRIFY PLEDGE!
If you’d like to learn more about the vital role of electrification in climate action, or are considering an electric vehicle for your next car, we’re providing some additional resources below:
Adele Peters, Every new car and truck in the U.S. can be electric by 2035, Fast Company, April 15, 2021
The 14 Best electric vehicles of 2022, Rate Genius, January 3, 2022
Most fossil fuel energy is wasted–New analysis shows how to fix this!, Power Up for Climate Solutions blog, August 28, 2020
Rewiring America: Electrify Everything In Your Home Guide
Saul Griffith, 12-minute video: One Billion Machines that will Electrify America
Citizens’ Climate Lobby has easy-to-use tools you can use any time to ask the President and Congress to take action on climate. And unlike many other groups, they allow you to opt-out of getting on their email list when you use their tool, so you don’t have to increase your email burden!
Use the link below to contact your Senator, Congressperson, or President Biden and urge them to pass bold climate policies (such as a price on carbon) that reach the critical goal of 50% emissions reductions by 2030, opening a path toward meeting our aspirations under the Paris Climate Accord.TAKE ACTION
Follow the easy instructions to email your elected officials or President Biden. If you are feeling ambitious, you can do both! The more voters they hear from, the more likely it is that Congress and the President will find a way to pass climate policies that truly meet the moment.
Many powerful interests are fighting to weaken and derail these efforts. YOU can help by letting Congress and the President know you want them to pass sweeping, bold action tackling the climate crisis!
It’s always a good time to harness the power of your money to support climate solutions. No matter where you live or how much you live on, this really matters. Here, we offer two ways you can align your spending with climate protection.
If you use a credit card from Chase Bank, Wells Fargo, Citi, or Bank of America, these banks are still funding fossil fuel extraction which is contributing to the destruction of a stable climate. There is now an alternative, and switching will send a powerful message to big banks that it’s time to stop funding fund fossil fuel extraction once and for all.
There is finally a credit card alternative for the climate-conscious: AspirationGET A CLIMATE-FRIENDLY CREDIT CARD!
If you bank with any of these banks, Aspiration also offers banking services, or you can simply move your money to your local credit union or community bank.
Another great resource is Stop the Money Pipeline, a website devoted to helping people move their money out of banks that are helping to destroy the climate. To learn more, click on the button:LEARN HOW TO MOVE YOUR MONEY
For more information about supporting climate action with your money, see the additional resources below:
If you have investments of any size, here are some helpful sources for divesting from fossil fuel investments:
It’s GO TIME for electing climate champions! With this action we offer two ways to help elect federal and state governments committed to climate action!
Sign up with the Environmental Voter Project, dedicated to helping ensure that everyone committed to climate action votes in every election. The Environmental Voter Project provides opportunities to volunteer or donate to encourage the most climate aware people who have not been regular voters to vote in critical swing states. Their work is data-driven and has been highly impactful in recent years.Environmental Voter Project
A second way to help elect climate champions is to make donations through Give Green. To take this action, click the button below, select any of their chosen candidates, and make a donation in any amount.Give Green
Help make this the year we begin bringing down greenhouse gas emissions and uniting to protect our beautiful world. Invite a friend to join Power Up for Climate Solutions. Below is a short the message you can copy and paste or adapt:
I belong to Power Up for Climate Solutions, (www.powerupforclimate.com) a non-profit devoted to helping people take action to contain the climate crisis. Once you sign up, you will receive climate action invitations chosen for their simplicity and impact about once a month. They also have great resources and a blog on their website. It’s free and you can unsubscribe at any time! Here’s the link to join: www.powerupforclimate.com/join-us/
Most new members join because someone they know invited them. Please help us increase our impact by inviting a friend or family member to join us!
There is one simple step you can take that many climate experts say is the single most effective thing you can do to help solve the climate crisis. Talk about it with your friends and family members. Talk about why you care, and what actions you are taking to contribute to solutions.
There is no need to talk to skeptics or deniers. Talk to those who are concerned about climate change to some extent. As climate scientist Dr. Katherine Hayhoe has said, “The biggest challenge isn’t science denial, it’s complacency.”
Here are several resources to inspire you:
Katherine Hayhoe, Why you should talk about climate change right now, Gizmodo, October 13, 2021.
Funny 1-minute Video on talking about climate change.
Young people around the world have organized climate strikes and other actions to speak up on behalf of a livable future in growing numbers over the last few years. Whatever your age, you can support the Global Youth Climate Movement. Use the link below to get updates so you can support this movement and attend Youth Climate Strikes near you in the future.LEARN WHAT’S NEXT
The Canadian boreal forest is the largest intact forest in the world, holding immense value for the climate, Indigenous Peoples, and other species. Yet this irreplaceable forest is under severe threat from logging, much of which is used for tissue pulp for the U.S. market.
There is a much better alternative! According to NRDC, “tissue products made from recycled materials are far more sustainable because they do not rely on clearcutting forests and they emit one-third the greenhouse gases as tissue products made from virgin fiber.”
Take action by switching to Green Forest, Seventh Generation, or other recycled brands. Use the scorecard below to choose more climate-friendly paper products that don’t contribute to the destruction of virgin Canadian boreal forests:
LEARN MORE FROM NRDC URGE CHARMIN TO SWITCH TO RECYCLED FIBER