Put your money where your mouth is
You might not hold shares in an oil and gas company, but your money could still be supporting these companies and fueling the climate crisis.
There are two main ways this happens; through your bank and through your energy provider. Luckily it’s easy to make sure your money is exactly where you want it to be.
Switch to a renewable energy provider
Ending the UK’s reliance on dirty fossil fuels is crucial to tackling climate breakdown. An easy way you can help us all transition to a cleaner future is to switch to a renewable energy provider. You can do this in your home or at your place of work, which could also encourage others to do the same.
Websites like the Big Clean Switch and Green Electricity Marketplace can help you every step of the way on your journey to supporting green, clean energy. It’s cheaper than you might think and helps create green jobs in the process. Freezing your ice cream will have never felt so good.
Some renewable energy providers are:
Change to an ethical bank
Switching to an ethical bank is another great way of ensuring your money isn’t supporting the fossil fuel industry. Websites like Move Your Money can help you find the right bank for you, whether you’re looking for savings or current accounts, pensions or ISAs. Some of the more ethical banks are:
Go one step further
Once you’ve made sure you money isn’t fuelling climate change, you could go one step further and make sure it is supporting the projects working to tackle it. There are loads of investment opportunities that give you the chance to support projects that support the climate movement (and you can even pocket some of the profits yourself). You could invest in a community energy fund or use alternative investment platforms to pick from a variety of fantastic green schemes to support. Some ethical investment companies are:
Tell your friends
If you decide to take any of these steps for climate action make sure you talk [link to talking challenge] about it with you friends and family.
We don’t often talk about who we bank with, but climate change is a good reason to start having these sorts of conversations, or just drop it into conversation next time you’re sharing a bill with someone and both take your bank cards out.
If we’re going to achieve the ambitious goal of net-zero by 2050 (or preferably earlier)we need everyone to be involved. For every personal action you take, you need to find ways to encourage other people to follow you. Help climate action go viral.