In August, President Biden signed the biggest climate law in U.S. history–the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). Incentives in this law will make electrifying and decarbonizing your household a lot cheaper. REWIRING AMERICA has created a savings calculator which shows how you can use the new climate law to electrify, shift to clean energy, and make your home more energy-efficient. (This action will take less than 5 minutes!)
Use Savings Calculator to find your clean energy incentives!USE CALCULATOR
Why this action is important: The IRA’s provisions are aimed at speeding the U.S. clean energy transition, lowering household energy costs, saving lives, and creating good-paying jobs. Starting in 2023, Americans will be eligible for many new incentives for electric appliances, energy-saving products, and more. Some incentives benefit renters, and some are available now. To use the incentives, which will save you money, lower your carbon footprint, and improve your health and comfort, you have to know about them!
Four big banks–Bank of America, Chase, Citibank, and Wells Fargo–are helping finance the climate crisis by supporting new oil, gas and coal projects. But these banks rely on their credit card and banking customers like you to stay in business. By signing the Banking on our Future pledge, you’re asking these banks to stop funding climate chaos by the March of 2023, or you will cut up your credit card and move your money with them. If you don’t bank there now, you pledge you won’t do so in the future.TAKE THE PLEDGE!
To learn more about this action and why it’s important, here is a 3-minute video from THIRD ACT: Banking on Our Future
Why this action is so important: 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. We, as their customers, have the ability to convince them to do the right thing for all our our futures.
Once you’ve signed the pledge, here are two next steps you can take to amplify the impact of this action:
First, If you do have a credit card with Chase, Citicard, Bank of America, or Wells Fargo, apply for a new credit card with a better bank now. That way, you’ll be able to switch cards by March 2023 should it be necessary. To find a good option, use Green America’s list of credit cards issued from banks that don’t lend to fossil fuel companies. Both Beneficial State Bank and Amalgamated Bank offer climate-friendly credit cards with no annual fee.
Second, share the Banking on our Future pledge with your network! Third Act has a Banking on our Future Page on their website with all the resources you need to learn about the action and share with others.TAKE THE PLEDGE!
An overview of the connection between financial institutions and the climate crisis, from the New Yorker
Bank.green, a tool allowing you to check your bank’s fossil fuel financing record.
Green America’s List of fossil fuel-free credit cards.
Perhaps the most high-impact personal climate action you can take is to electrify the machines that you use in your daily life. Forty percent of U.S. electricity already comes from carbon-free sources, and this percentage is growing rapidly each year. Electric motors are more efficient than fossil fuel-fed motors, and emit no pollutants when in use. Climate experts all agree that every path to a renewable energy future and a safe climate relies on electrifying everything we can as soon as we can.
This month’s action is to take a step toward electrifying your home. There are two actions to choose from, both from Rewiring America:
ACTION ONE: Take Rewiring America’s #Electrify Everything Pledge! You provide your email and they will send you great guidance on how to electrify you home, and the latest electrification updates, which are all free.TAKE THE ELECTRIFY PLEDGE!
ACTION TWO: Find your incentives with the Inflation Reduction Act Savings Calculator! Plug in your zip code, household size and income, and a few other details and this tool shows you all the money you can get from the Inflation Reduction Act to electrify, increase energy efficiency, and decarbonize.IRA SAVINGS CALCULATOR
Whichever option you chose, be sure you also make a commitment to electrify something. From a single-burner induction cooktop to a heat pump water heater to an EV, each machine that goes electric helps speed the clean energy transition.
If you’d like to learn more about the Inflation Reduction Act and the vital role of electrification in climate action, below are links to some additional resources:
The Electric Explainer: Key programs programs in the Inflation Reduction Act and what they mean for Americans, Rewriting America Policy Hub
The Biggest Climate Bill of your Life – But What does it DO!? 22-minute video from Hank Green (it’s long but it’s the best and most entertaining explanation of the new climate bill I’ve seen!)
Most fossil fuel energy is wasted–New analysis shows how to fix this! Power Up for Climate Solutions blog, August 28, 2020
One Billion Machines that will Electrify America 12-minute video from Saul Griffith
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