You have the power! Yes we mean you! Do you have a full time or part time job and a small pension building? Do you have savings in the bank? Do you dabble a little in investing on the stock exchange? That means you have the power to help Greenpeace and change the financial system, to make investment decisions that are good for people and the planet.
You can start by:
Asking whether your pension fund has excluded companies involved in coal mining, nuclear power and oil drilling. If they haven't excluded these companies, ask "why not?"
Asking your bank whether they still fund fossil fuel companies. If they do, ask them what their phase-out plan is.
Betting on a better world: withdraw (divest) your money from coal and oil companies. It's not an investment in your future if it destroys the planet. Instead, you might want to try investing in sustainable ventures, like fast-growing renewable energy.
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More about ethical investments
Ethical investments factor in environmental and social concerns, as well as profits. Research shows fossil fuel-free funds have consistently performed just as well, if not better than indexed funds.
But be aware that ethical funds all have different definitions about what to include. So it's important to do your research. Make sure your fund matches your goals for a safe, secure, clean energy future. If you need help, you may be able to turn to a national organisation that certifies or ranks ethical funds.
If you don't want a managed fund, you can directly buy shares in companies you believe act in the interest of the planet. It's a great way to invest in the enormous industries of the future, with real and lasting economic importance.
Read about other important steps you can take to tackle climate change in your daily life. You'll save money, energy and time, and make your home more healthy and comfortable.