We want to make sure we continue to fight for a more equitable America today and every day moving forward. If you want to join us, here are some simple steps you can take in your daily life.
Switch To Renewable Energy In Your Home
When it comes to the impact of climate change in this country, it is the poor -who are more likely to be people of color in the US - who are most vulnerable. A daily way to reduce your climate footprint is to change the energy use in your home from fossil fuels to renewable energy. Look into solar power and wind energy to run your home-most electricity companies will now offer a clean energy option, and it usually only takes a phone call to set it up.
Eat Less Meat & Dairy
Climate change disproportionately affects people of color. A recent University of Oxford study found the number one thing you can do to reduce your carbon footprint is switch to a vegan diet. The study showed this would have a much bigger impact than reducing your air or car travel, or switching to organic or sustainable meat and dairy - switching to a vegan diet can reduce your carbon emissions by up to 73%! If eating no meat and dairy feels like too much, try simply eating less of it to start- that will still have an impact.
Switch To A Credit Union
The biggest difference between banks and credit unions is that banks are for profit, while credit unions are nonprofit. This means that banks prioritize making money over any ethical concerns. Since 2015, banks- the top 3 being JP Morgan Chase, Citibank, and Bank of America- have given $2.7 trillion to supporting fossil fuels. A recent study also showed that bank fees are higher in predominantly black and latinx neighborhoods than white ones. A powerful way to change this is to move your money to a credit union where the priority is to benefit its members- which you become when you join. As a bonus, credit unions tend to have higher interest rates on savings and checking accounts, which means you walk away with more money while doing good.
Shop Local, Minority Owned, LQBTQ+, & Women Owned Businesses
Know who you are giving your money to and what they stand for. By shopping minority, LGBTQ+, and woman owned businesses, you are giving financial power to people who have historically been left out of the system.
Vote In Local Elections, Communicate With Your Elected Officials, & Run For Something
More than federal elections, your local elections have the biggest impact on you and your community's day-to-day quality of life. Show up for local elections, and vote for people who make it clear that they prioritize making your community equitable. And if you can’t find someone who meets that criteria, think about running yourself! Almost anyone can run for office- it doesn’t require any specific degrees, work experience, or special training. If you are interested in running, check out Run For Something to get started.
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