It is time for the United States to act in a major way regarding the climate crisis. Currently, much of the American west is in a historic drought, and being ravaged by forest fires. Heatwaves, sometimes record-setting, are hammering both sides of the U.S. Floods continue to inundate parts of the European continent.
While there's always been extreme weather, of course, scientists now are trying to explain why weather has been dramatically amplified in such a short period of time such that records are being shattered. And the off-the-charts disasters in the U.S. have come at a huge cost to its pandemic-recovering economy. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recently reported that "in 2021 (as of July 9), there have been eight weather/climate disaster events with losses exceeding $1 billion each to affect the United States." With a crisis seemingly threatening to spin out of control, it is critical that the world's most powerful country take big steps to mitigate a dangerously-warming climate.
Appropriately, this coming November 1st, the most important international climate talks since Paris will begin in Glasgow, Scotland. While government leaders from the U.S. and around the world will gather at the meeting and make new climate commitments, many major corporations will also release their latest plans to reduce climate-pollution emissions. The Glasgow climate talks are a historic opportunity for the world to address the growing climate crisis. When the Paris Climate Accord was signed in December 2015, nearly every nation on earth agreed to meet five years later, and “ratchet up” their climate ambition. We are now at that moment ― and it is vital that the U.S. people hold their nation's government and business leaders to their promises.
Therefore, the Stop the Money Pipeline (STMP) coalition, of which Climate First! and 160+ other groups are a part of, is asking you to join the launch of its campaign: Deadline Glasgow--Defund Climate Chaos, this coming Tuesday, August 3, 2021; 8 pm EDT. In the online gathering, the STMP coalition will share its plan to campaign hard through the November climate talks, as well as present clear steps for people concerned about the climate crisis to engage with the coalition. Speakers at the campaign launch event include Tara Houska of Giniw Collective, Kayah George of Indigenous Climate Action, U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib, and the one and only, Bill McKibben.
To get the Defund Climate Chaos campaign started, Climate First! is asking folks to sign a petition which requests that U.S. financial institutions and the U.S. government stop funding climate chaos by the start of the Glasgow climate talks.
What: Launch of "Deadline Glasgow--Defund Climate Chaos" campaign.
Who: Stop the Money Pipeline Coalition; 160+ groups working to cut-off funding of the climate crisis.
When: Tuesday, August 3, 2021, 8 pm EDT; 5 pm, PDT.
Q's? Contact Ted at [email protected]WHENAugust 03, 2021 at 8pmWHEREOnline
This year's United Nations climate summit--the 26th meeting of the Conference of the Parties or "COP26"--will be held in Glasgow, Scotland, from November 1 to 12. Up to 200 world leaders will discuss how to address the climate crisis by reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Many think that COP26 is the most critical climate summit since COP21 in 2015, when nearly every world leader signed the ground-breaking Paris Climate Accord. The world's nations agreed in Paris to hold global temperature rise to "well below" 2 degrees C, and "to pursue efforts" to limit warming to 1.5 degrees C.
This year's COP takes place six years after the Paris agreement, and is the first opportunity since then for countries to upgrade their pledges on tackling climate change at an international gathering. Critically, the U.N.’s climate science body--the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)--published in 2018 a special report which concluded that the "safe" level of warming was no longer 2 degrees C, but was 1.5 degrees C. In view of the revised target of 1.5 C, it seems irrefutable that countries at COP 26 must revise their GHG emission reduction plans to reflect the new science, and move to net zero as fast as possible.
Climate First! and many other climate groups around the world will be organizing events in the weeks before the start of COP26 in an effort to move government and corporate leaders to dramatic climate action.
More information about our pre-COP26 events will be posted when available.WHENNovember 01, 2021 at 9amWHEREGlasgow, Scotland
With the release of a U.N. panel's scientific report in October 2018, it was clear that the world's nations had 12 years to dramatically cut back on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, or face a (possible) existential crisis. Despite signing the Paris Climate Accord in late 2015, most governments still haven't taken the issue seriously enough. And now the world faces a dire situation.
When the latest Fossil Fuel Finance Report "hit the newsstands" this past March, we learned that most of the private sector banks around the world still aren't taking the climate crisis seriously enough either. The report, authored by Rainforest Action Network and others, found that in the five years since the Paris Climate Accord, the world’s 60 largest banks have financed fossil fuels to a whooping total of $3.8 trillion. And not surprisingly, U.S. banks have led the way with JPMorgan Chase, Citi, Wells Fargo, Citi, and Bank of America taking the top four slots in financing the climate-wrecking fuels.
In its "#DefundClimateChange" campaign, Climate First! had been confronting Wells Fargo for over two years over its investments in fossil fuel projects such as the Keystone XL pipeline. However, with JPMorgan Chase again leading, by a wide margin, all the banks in the world over the past five years in funding fossil fuel projects, JPMorgan Chase remains our target in this campaign.
Join Climate First! as we organize nonviolent direct actions against JPMorgan Chase bank branches in the Mid-Atlantic region.
Image: JPMorgan Chase & Co. world headquarters
in NYC; April 17, 2019. Credit: JOHANNES EISELE/
Ways to get involved in our #DefundClimateChange campaign against JPMorgan Chase:
A. Join us in our nonviolent direct actions against Chase. Our direct actions are nonviolent events where we respectfully inform employees and customers at a local Chase bank branch of our great concern with their investments in climate-wrecking fossil fuels. Civil disobedience is an activism tool that we sometimes use in our actions but only after careful planning and training.
B. Call JPMorgan Chase Chairman/CEO, James "Jamie" Dimon, using the contact information below, and stating your personal version of the following:
“I respectfully ask that JPMorgan Chase start reducing its funding of fossil fuel projects. I strongly oppose Chase's dramatic increase in financing fossil fuel projects over the past three years, since the latest climate science states unequivocally that the world's nations must start slashing greenhouse gas emissions to avoid the impending climate crisis. I ask that Chase revise its lending policies in an effort to start divesting from fossil fuels, while also increasing its investments in renewable energy. In taking such a principled stand against fossil fuels, JPMorgan Chase would be heralded as a leader in the banking world and beyond.”
C. Send an email to JPMorgan Chase CEO Dimon with your version of the above spiel using the contact information below. Or "snail mail" CEO Dimon your thoughts.
D. If you are a customer of JPMorgan Chase, contact your local bank and share your thoughts face-to-face with (or in a letter to) the branch manager.
E. Connect with JPMorgan Chase on Facebook, letting it know how you feel about its investments in fossil fuels.
*CONTACT INFORMATION (confirmed 2-23-20) for JPMorgan Chase Chairman & CEO, James "Jamie" Dimon:
1. Direct tel. number: 212-270-1111.
3. USPS address: 383 Madison Ave., 41st Floor, New York, N.Y 10179.
Climate First! photo history: After the permit for the KXL pipeline was approved by the State Dept in 2017, Climate First! attended an emergency rally near the White House to show its resolve in opposing the project.
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