Climate Change is the single biggest environmental threat facing our planet. Our dependence on fossil fuels for energy pollutes the atmosphere with greenhouse gases, leading to significant impacts on the planet’s ecosystems, including forests, and to extreme weather events, both of which hit the world’s poorest hardest.
There is scientific consensus that we need to cut global greenhouse emissions drastically before 2020 if we are to avoid catastrophic climate change. Our energy campaign focuses on pushing the biggest banks in the U.S. to end their underwriting of coal, the largest U.S. contributor to climate change, while engaging, supporting and strengthening the movement of grassroots activists taking direct action for the climate.
Rainforest Action Network is working with more than 75,000 people who have pledged to engage in peaceful civil disobedience to oppose the Keystone XL pipeline. This proposed tar sands pipeline will carry 800,000 barrels a day of toxic tar sands bitumen, from the tar sands fields of Alberta, Canada, across our entire country to the shipping ports of the Gulf Coast.
If Obama signals that he will approve the KXL pipeline, more than 75,000 people have pledged to commit civil disobedience in response. Our goal is to stop the Keystone XL pipeline - by showing enough opposition to Keystone XL that President Obama will reject it. But if he shows that he is preparing to approve it we will be ready to resist and exert huge pressure for Obama to change direction.
Rainforest Action Network believes that corporations should be allowed to extract and process mineral fuels only if they can do so without harming human health or contaminating the air, water, and soil.
This month, Rainforest Action Network and three allies testified at Bank of America's annual shareholder meeting, urging them to drop coal, to stop profiting from environmental destruction and human rights abuses. We're posting the statements of our three allies.
In this fourth annual Coal Report Card, Rainforest Action Network, Sierra Club, and BankTrack evaluated the largest U.S. banks based on their financing of coal, which is the largest contributor to U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.