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Tanja Hester

To Fight Climate Change, Change Your Bank

ESG and responsible investing get a lot of attention. The fossil-fuel investments of large banks like JPMorgan Chase, Citi, Wells Fargo and Bank of America fly under the radar.

Come for the hundreds of ATMs, stay for greenhouse gases.

Come for the hundreds of ATMs, stay for greenhouse gases.

Photographer: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images North America

It’s a sweltering summer of cognitive dissonance. The northern hemisphere is experiencing record-setting, even life-threatening, heat waves, droughts and fires; yet more attention has been given to rising gas prices than to measures that would prevent future summers from getting hotter, drier and more flammable. People who want to mitigate the climate crisis are desperate for actions they can take that don’t feel like drops in an increasingly empty bucket.

One of the best things the average person can do for the climate: change banks.