In 2018, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (a non-partisan UN body) reported that mining and burning fossil fuels accounts for 89% of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions.

And behind the headlines, statistics, and dire warnings are real people. There are human stories. People who see their homes and livelihoods destroyed, and their children’s health ruined. People whose lives are shortened and whose ancient relationship with nature is severed.

Floods in Europe. Killer heat waves in Canada. Wildfires in California and Australia. Droughts in Africa and the US. All of us are facing climate disasters.

We’re all affected now

The concept of “climate justice” recognizes that climate change disproportionately affects communities who have contributed the least to the problem.

These communities are often called “frontline communities” because they’re located next to industrial extraction sites. And they should be first in line for the best solutions. But a safe and stable climate will benefit everyone living today, as well as future generations to come.

Banks lend fossil fuel companies the funds they need to expand

The 2015 Paris Agreement was intended to move us away from fossil fuels. But every year since — except for a slight dip during the first year of the pandemic — banks have lent increasingly more money to fossil fuel companies. If the world’s 60 biggest banks cut their coal, oil, and gas loans, bonds, and investments, the fossil fuel industry will be forced to change.

This is a powerful opportunity. This is our chance to ensure a livable world for us and our children.

No more digging,
drilling & burning

The climate is changing faster than even the most aggressive models predicted. After 30 years of dawdling, global emissions continue to rise almost every year. Everyone from the UN Secretary General to the International Energy Agency (IEA) – which was created to keep oil flowing – says we can’t afford new fossil fuel projects if we want a liveable world.

Oil, gas, and coal need to stay in the ground. That’s why together, we’re demanding that banks stop financing their extraction.

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