I have been drawn into divestment from fossil fuels for a few years now. When we think of divestments, we think of big corporations moving their investments. Yes, that has a big impact. However, each of us can have a similar impact when we collectively divest from fossil fuels.
One of the first things to do is to change your credit card. If you have a credit card issued by a Megabank, you may be supporting predatory lending, coal mining, politics, and outrageous CEO salaries. You can check whether your credit card supports fraud, politics, big coal or poor customer service in Green America’s scorecard.
Green America has also compiled a list of credit cards through which you can support the cause that resonates with you. With one of these cards, a portion of every transaction goes to support causes like protecting the rainforest, saving wild cats or lifting vulnerable communities. Even if one of them don’t resonate with you, you will still be assured that your credit card transactions will not fund banks that support bad practices which led to 2008’s recession.
It is a pain to change credit card and to get used to a new system but growth always comes when we take the first painful step. This is the first to change the status quo.
I plan to write a blog every week introducing other ways in which I have divested myself. Hope you find it inspiring and simple to follow. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about my blog entries.