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Multiple banks have pledged to clean up their fossil fuel funding with net-zero carbon commitments, but they continue business-as-usual, pushing for profit by championing destructive projects responsible for driving climate chaos.
The 2022 annual report, Banking on Climate Chaos, revealed that fossil fuel financing from the world’s 60 largest banks has reached nearly $4.6 trillion in the six years since the adoption of the Paris Climate Agreement, with $742 billion in 2021 alone.
On this show, we delve into the Banking on Climate Chaos report with Ruth Breech from Rainforest Action Network, one of the organizations that authored the report. She discusses how these findings underscore the need for banks to immediately implement policies that end their financing for fossil fuel expansion. Moreover we highlight some of these projects causing climate chaos and the worldwide movement of communities coming together to demand that the financial sector get out of the oil and gas business altogether.
-Climate Town Video I Your Money is Cheating on You with the Fossil Fuel Industry
-Green America’s Better Banking https://www.greenamerica.org/better-banking
-Take Action with Stop the Money Pipeline https://stopthemoneypipeline.com/action/
-Book: All We Can Save: Truth, Courage & Solutions for the Climate Crisis https://www.allwecansave.earth/anthology
*Ruth Breech is Senior Campaigner for Rainforest Action Network’s Climate and Energy team. She is responsible for organizing corporate accountability campaigns on financial institutions, supporting front line communities impacted by fossil fuels and climate change, partnering with Indigenous leaders and working with grassroots networks across the country to Defund Climate Chaos.
Ruth brings 20 years of on-the-ground-work with environmental justice frontline communities. She is the recipient of the 2009 Healthy School Heroes Award for her leadership in relocating an elementary school in Ohio away from a plastics plant and its cancer causing emissions. She serves on the board of Crude Accountability International & Earth Guardians.
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Engineer and Original Music: Blake Quake Beats
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Show Created by Mark and JP Morris
Photo credit: Ruth Breech
Updated 22 June 2022