Switch to a green and ethical bank

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Switch to a green and ethical bank

So, you care about the environment and are doing what you can to make a difference, right? But did you know many banks support fossil fuel companies through lending, investment, and services? Your money could be unknowingly financing oil and gas exploration and production, whilst you’re working hard to do the opposite.

100 fossil fuel companies account for over half of the global emissions since the Industrial Revolution. The harder it is for them to find finance, the less exploration and exploitation they can do. Moving our money to more ethical investments and diverting it away from industries that are harming the environment is a huge achievement, with long term impact both for people and planet (creating green jobs, supporting small businesses, etc). The best part? It’s a one-off action and can be achieved in minutes!  Here’s how:

  • Search online to check if your bank is currently funding fossil fuel companies, and which banks you could switch to who are making more ethical choices by investing money into green and socially positive schemes. Make the switch!
  • Find out where your pension is with and where they invest your money. Often, this can be done online or by calling. If you're signed up to the government pension scheme Nest it's an easy switch to their ethical fund which you can do yourself online here. Otherwise, speak to your employer or pension providers about the options they offer. If they aren’t, ask your pension provider to go green.

Want to find out more about why your money matters?

Watch: Can finance make a difference? Hear from heads of the finance industry in this gripping WWF documentary exploring the role the finance sector can play in global climate action.

 Check out Make Your Money Matter, who calculated that making your pension green is 21x more powerful than giving up flying, going veggie and switching to green energy. Follow their simple steps to switch yours today. 

Listen: Want to know more? This podcast episode dives into how you can make your account and savings work for you and the planet, with the CEO of Triodos, a sustainable banking service. Give it a listen here.

These tips are part of something bigger. At Hubbub, we want to see a world where everyone makes choices that are good for the environment. Check out what we do and how your actions add up.

Making waves in the workplace

Ask your employer what green pension fund options are available to you. If there aren't any, ask your pension provider to go green. Why not share with your work pals and get your team shifting too?

See Hubbub in action

From Community Fridges that cut food waste to Ballot Bins that halve cigarette litter, our campaigns show what taking action that's good for the environment looks like in practice.

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