It had been difficult to overlook the effort techniques of Extinction Rebellion this past year. By holding up the middle of London to gluing themselves to rails and going on hunger strikes, their press-catching strategies were able to energize and inspire in equal degrees.
Growing Investor Stress
With comparison to the activism of young feminists like Greta
Thunberg, the environment and climate change are today, in a manner
previously unheard, at the forefront of national discourse.
In addition to the activists, alarming weather events throughout the world have served to set the focus entirely on Earth.
After years of targeting gasoline, mining, and oil firms, climate activists are recently shifting focus to large financial houses’ actions.
They expect to convince the large banks, asset managers, and insurers to modify their investment customs because of public pressure.
Wolgang Kuhn, in the UK-based campaign firm ShareAction, considers that targeting banks makes great sense. Since they have the financial clout to influence large-scale change across business through their investment plans.
He believes that by focusing their attention on a main source of funds, one can simultaneously influence multiple businesses.
Banks Concentrate On the Issue
Investors were at the forefront of shareholders’ efforts making climate-friendly proposals in JP Morgan, BlackRock, Goldman Sachs, and others’ shareholder meetings.
It has already prompted a reply in the business. Over fifty associations with funds totaling over $2.9 trillion guaranteed to disclose their loans and investments’ carbon footprint.
More than 1000 businesses have now signed up to the Climate-Related Financial Reporting Task Force effort headed by the Bank of England’s outgoing governor, Mark Carney.
BNP Paribas has stopped financing some companies that operate inside the very heavily polluting and carbon-thirsty businesses.
They also have set a deadline to quit financing businesses that fail to reduce their carbon footprint.
With stocks in businesses searching for climate change options like Tesla significantly outperforming in global markets, there are possible returns to be obtained by leading the shift.
As climate change starts to dominate the international agenda, it could be bad news for the slow adaption of businesses.