If you care about climate change and sustainability, shouldn’t the bank you choose share those values?
Let’s say you compost, volunteer with an environmental organization, and drive a hybrid car to work. Then you deposit your paycheck in the bank. Did you know your bank might be undoing all your environmental good deeds? Here’s how.
Banks use deposits to finance things—some of which may be harmful to the environment. The four biggest U.S. banks, for example, are the among the biggest funders of the dirtiest fossil fuel activities, like fracking, tar sands and Arctic drilling.
That’s why more people are moving their money to banks that support the transition from fossil fuels to sustainable energy sources. The choice is simple: Do you want your money in the bank to fuel climate change, or do you want your money to help the planet?
“90% of all bank deposits from customers like you are used to fund mortgages and small business loans … or … fracking, tar sands, and Arctic drilling.”
With that in mind, here are eight questions sustainability-minded people should ask a bank—and why those questions matter.
Tip: To get your answers, look at a bank’s website, ask customer service, DM them on Twitter, or just walk into a branch. A bank committed to positive change will have its values infused in everything they do.
8 Questions to Ask Your Bank If You Care About Climate
Seek Answers If You Care About Climate
Picking the right bank isn’t hard. Banks that care about the planet ought to have information about where they stand on their website, or in their branches. Just ask the right questions. And seek answers that are right for you, and for our planet.