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Fight Climate Change With Holiday Shopping

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Fight Climate Change With Holiday Shopping

The busiest shopping season of the year is upon us and consumers are being more careful than ever in how they spend their hard-earned dollars. More of us are also beginning to hold companies accountable for taking climate action seriously.

Business relies heavily on the holiday season as the largest revenue stream and if we show big business — with our purchasing power — that corporate climate action matters, they will pay attention. Let’s tell them directly that we want to see them “striding.”

Large companies can be the most powerful force for good on the planet, but for business to act aggressively, consumers have to be engaged. Big business spends millions of dollars lobbying our political system stalling comprehensive climate legislation and distorting climate change facts. Companies care about their bottom line and an informed consumer can use spending dollars to impact the way companies do business.

If 150 large companies reduced their current greenhouse gas emissions by just five percent, it would be like taking 42 million cars off the road for a whole year! But how do you know which companies take climate action seriously and which don’t?

Climate Counts
The nonprofit organization Climate Counts is a collaborative effort to bring consumers and companies together in the fight against global climate change.

In order to promote awareness among consumers, Climate Counts scores companies on their climate impact, tracking many of the world’s largest consumer companies. Specifically, they look at whether or not companies are reviewing and reducing their greenhouse gas emissions, the positions they are taking on climate and energy legislation, and their clarity in reporting climate information.

The Striding Shopper Campaign
Climate Counts analyzes companies and issues scorecards to let you know how well companies are addressing climate change. You can choose to support hose companies that are “striding” to take climate action and steer clear of companies “stuck” avoiding climate action.

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Ann Pietrangelo

Ann Pietrangelo is the author of No More Secs! Living, Laughing & Loving Despite Multiple Sclerosis and Catch That Look: Living, Laughing & Loving Despite Triple-Negative Breast Cancer. She is a freelance writer and member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors. Follow on Twitter @AnnPietrangelo

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8:50PM PST on Jan 14, 2011

Well said, Carole Brown. AGW is a fraud and carbon trading is a scam. We can't change the climate. Volcanoes billowing, the sun shining, etc. etc. have far more influence on our climate than anything that mankind can do. CO2 is not a pollutant, but a necessary component of our air. It is vital for the planet's plants to grow and thrive.

There are genuine environmental concerns, but AGW and carbon dioxide "pollution" are not among them. Jo Nova is another website worth investigating.

7:03PM PST on Dec 6, 2010

thanks for posting!

3:50PM PST on Dec 5, 2010

Are people still being taken in by the scam of climate change?
There is no such thing! CO2 is beneficial as going back in time there were much higher levels and everything thrived!
There have always been warm and cool periods, this is normal for the Earth, don`t be taken in, Al Gore`s film has been proved to be incorrect and yet it is still being promoted as true!
Wake up and do a bit more researching. Try Grady McMurtry`s website, amazing information that proves the scam of Climate change/global warming!

10:00PM PST on Dec 4, 2010

Thank you for posting.

9:44PM PST on Dec 4, 2010

thanks

8:16PM PST on Dec 4, 2010

Didn't go out shopping, expending carbon this year. I made (knitted) all my presents this time around.

7:20PM PST on Dec 4, 2010

Thanks for the web info. I will use it when purchasing in the future. I will be giving gifts of time this year, babysitting, yard work, window cleaning, washing and polishing cars, etc. Things are not needed to show someone you care about them. Time really shows love and caring. LESS IS MORE :)

3:39PM PST on Dec 4, 2010

Interesting, thanx for information

2:02PM PST on Dec 4, 2010

@Meme M- even if you can't understand the many forms of evidence for anthropogenic climate change, you should be concerned about the acidification of our oceans by rising levels of CO2.

As for Christmas, I'd like to see everybody cut back on the lights. Most displays are tacky, you have to put up "blackout" drapes so you can get to sleep, and it's a gift to the electric company. Just cut out the middleman and burn a ton of coal in your yard.

11:08AM PST on Dec 4, 2010

Thanks....but I will not be doing any holiday shopping this year...same as last year.

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