While you’ve been stashing away money for a car or a weekend get-away, Desjardins has been using your savings to lend to some very questionable fossil fuel friends.
And it's not just a little here and there, we’re talking about large amounts in the 6 years since 197 countries agreed to drastically reduce their greenhouse gas emissions in the Paris Agreement.
The Paris Agreement set the goal to stay under 1.5°C of warming for very good reasons. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, an increase of just a couple of degrees more could lead to \"substantial species extinction, large risks to global and regional food security\", and an inability to work outside — or even live — in some areas of the world. Our world will become unrecognizable as ocean dead zones, floods, and extreme weather fuel social and economic disruption.
Banks live and die on their reputations. Mass movements of money to fossil-free competitors puts those reputations at grave risk. By moving your money to a sustainable financial institution, you will:
Send a message to your bank that it must defund fossil fuels
Join a fast-growing movement of consumers standing up for their future
Take a critical climate action with profound effects