Let’s stop fossil fuel finance

Millions have mobilized to stop the climate crisis from getting worse. Now’s the time to follow the money and pressure all banks, insurers, and governments to stop funding fossil fuels.

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End fossil fuel finance!

It’s simple — to prevent devastating climate breakdown, we have to end all finance to fossil fuels.

Public and private banks pour hundreds of billions of dollars each year into the climate-wrecking fossil fuel industry. We need to urgently work together to stop fossil fuel finance through sustained public organizing and people power.

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Campaigns around the world

Oceania: Stop Adani

Adani’s Carmichael coal mine will unlock the Galilee Basin – one of the world’s largest untouched coal reserves – paving the way for at least eight more coal mines to be built. All at a time when scientists are warning we can’t build any more fossil fuel infrastructure if we want to avoid catastrophic global heating. Learn more and sign up to join the movement.

Check out powerful campaigns in New Zealand, too, as they take on banks to go fossil free and major public funding institutions like the ACC to break free from fossil fuels.

Asia: Move the Money, Build the Future

Move the Money Build the Future

Asia hosts 60% of the world’s population which represents the majority of the most vulnerable communities to the impacts of climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic.

International financing institutions, multilateral development banks, and export credit agencies must come together and demand the end to fossil fuel finance, and chart a Just Recovery path where no one gets left behind.

Wherever you are in the world, you can sign up to build pressure.

Europe: End Fossil Finance

Vast sums of money are flowing out of Europe to support fossil fuel projects in Asia, Africa and Latin America, trashing the environment and trampling on human rights. The profits flows back to Europe and into the pockets of millionaire executives and shareholders.

This is what European colonialism looks like in the 21st century.

It’s simple — to prevent devastating climate breakdown, we have to end all finance to fossil fuels. Learn more here.

Africa: Public Finance for Climate

Invest in the future, stop funding fossil fuels.

South Africa needs to urgently do its part in tackling the climate crisis. The country’s Public Finance institutions, specifically the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) and Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) can be powerful forces in driving a just transition to renewable energy and away from fossil fuels. Unfortunately, they pour billions of Rands of public money into fossil fuel projects, which drive the climate crisis. Learn more and take action here.

Latest updates

In 2021 we’ll keep going after the money

Next year, the global 350.org community is doubling down on our goal to end fossil finance. In Europe, we’re keeping the spotlight on central banks. Here’s a look at how we responded to a campaign survey.

Finance in Common 2020: Our Movement

The Finance in Common summit is over but our fight to end fossil finance is just a beginning. We will continue to put pressure on all public financial institutions until they stop financing dirty fossil fuels.

Hope and despair in the eye of Typhoon Ulysses

It is in these uncertain times that we are forced to contend with holding on to the contradicting feelings of despair and hope while we gather ourselves to persevere in this protracted uphill work for climate action that is grounded on science and justice.

Reports We Follow

RAN: Banking on Climate Change

This is the 11th edition of RAN and its partners' annual fossil fuel finance report, Banking on Climate Change 2020. The report lays out banks’ support for fossil fuels in the four years after the Paris Agreement was adopted, which alarmingly, is overall on the rise.

Urgewald: Global Coal Exit List 2020

Urgewald's Global Coal Exit List 2020 is a resource for investors and financial institutions that want to understand and manage climate risks in their portfolios.

Reclaim Finance: Make Money Work for Climate

Central banks can significantly influence how polluting and “green” activities are financed. They supervise the monetary and financial system and issue money, thus determining money availability and lending conditions. In times of crisis, central banks are lenders of last resort for institutions and governments. Learn more.

Useful Resources

If we can get enough finance institutions to turn their backs on dirty fossil fuel projects – we can free up that money to fund real renewable energy solutions that work for all. You can use the resources and toolkits below to help you get started and achieve meaningful change wherever you are.

 

Action Planning Resources

This list of organising principles sketches out the values that underpin the Fossil Free movement.
Do words like campaign strategy and tactics sound scary to you? This beautiful Climate Resistance Handbook by Daniel Hunter can help you take your climate activism to the next level.

This power-mapping resource allows you to identify targets and focus your strategy. It is a useful visual tool to help outline your campaigning possibilities. Created by 350 Trainings.

These two resources, one from Beautiful Rising and the other from Beautiful Trouble, offer a list of tactics to stretch your creativity.

This checklist and list of tips from Seeds for Change, can help organisers think through preparing their actions.

This art kit was developed during the global COVID-19 pandemic. You can download and share art, find guides on creating your own art, and find resources on holding virtual art builds.

A guide for using the Pixelstick as a tool for creating light paintings for creative protests.

Communication

Find top tips on how to tell stories, train speakers, and amplify your work in the press, in this handy guide.
Develop your group’s media skills and public reach through this useful set of trainings.
Learn how to give great interviews and get your message across with this guideline.

Digital Campaigning and Organising

This resource created by 350’s own digital team offers ideas on how to boost mobilisations through digital content and outreach.
This set of videos and top tips about how to cover your action online, will help you ensure people hear about and spread the word about your campaign.
This toolkit will help you learn how to find your story, decide which digital tools to use and how to use them, learn basic photo and video editing, and how to strategically share your story once it’s done.

Equity and Climate Justice

This handbook by Guppi Bola and Jannat Hossain offers practical ways for campaigners to reflect on and address issues of power and privilege within organisations.

This visual guide by Earth in Brackets is a useful introduction to climate justice. To better understand the equitable responsibility of states for the climate crisis, see the Civil Society Review, or Climate Fairshares.

Facilitation Tools

This in-depth guide from Seeds for Change explores how to make your meetings more effective and inclusive. A simple method for facilitating great meetings can also be found here.

Struggling with decision-making? This list of tips will make help you navigate difficult choices and impasses.

Inclusive, healthy and democratic processes are the bedrock of strong movements. This great guide by Aorta will help you ‘make meetings awesome for everyone.’

The  most comprehensive manual — with over 80 tools to make your workshops and events more participatory and interactive.

Building Groups

Involving people in movements is always a challenge. This resource may help you think through how to grow your group by involving different audiences.

All strong groups and movements require a strong base. This great resource by European Changemakers offers tips on how to expand those who support you, and participate in your group.

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