Clean Up Bitcoin

The world’s most popular digital currency is causing dangerous amounts of real-world pollution and has become a major roadblock in our fight to phase out fossil fuels.

Bitcoin is fueling the climate crisis, and Greenpeace USA is demanding action from the major financial institutions who make Bitcoin’s climate destruction possible.

Bitcoin — the world’s largest digital currency — consumes as much electricity as entire countries due to its energy-hungry code. 62% of that electricity came from fossil fuels globally in 2022, and coal was the largest single source.

This technology has revived decommissioned coal-fired and fossil fuel power plants, generated substantial air, water, and noise pollution across the planet, and is rolling back the hard-won progress we’ve made on cutting global carbon emissions. Bitcoin’s climate destruction is expected to keep growing as mainstream financial institutions make it easier to use.

BlackRock, Fidelity, Vanguard, Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, Goldman Sachs, Visa, Mastercard, and American Express make Bitcoin’s pollution possible by investing in its expansion — yet all nine have failed to take meaningful action to solve this problem despite making climate and sustainability pledges.

They have the power and resources to push for a change to Bitcoin’s code that would eliminate nearly 100% of its electricity consumption (something the world’s second-largest digital currency has already done).

Greenpeace USA is calling on all nine of these companies to publicly acknowledge Bitcoin’s pollution, publicly support a change to Bitcoin’s code, work with us to help change Bitcoin’s code, and to pause further Bitcoin expansion until Bitcoin’s climate destruction is addressed.