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.

Next: How to Be a Strident Shopper in the Toy Department

Strident Shopping for Toys
Naturally, parents want to give their children toys that will make them happy, but we also want to keep them safe and healthy. In the past few years, we’ve learned a lot about the potential consequences of toys laden with PVC and BPA, not to mention the long-term costs to our kids from toy manufacturers and retailers who sell them. It is time toy companies address their impact on climate change.

Climate Counts is scoring toy companies who have enormous supply chains using energy and creating waste — much of it petroleum-based plastic — that have significant impact on our climate.

The multi-billion dollar toy industry generates a large portion of of its annual revenue during the holiday season. This is the time to send a message to them, and to our children.

Check out the Climate Counts scores for toy companies… and with one click of the mouse you can learn more about these companies send them a personal message voicing your concerns or congratulating them on their progress.

This holiday season, is making sure you spend your hard-earned dollars with companies who care about the climate change. Join the Striding Shopper Campaign to give the gift that keeps on giving: companies that care about climate change as much as you do.

Look for the new Climate Counts scores… and check back often as new scores are made available. Make your dollars and voices count!

More Information: Striding Shopper Campaign * * Facebook * Twitter.

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Writer Ann Pietrangelo is a regular contributor to Care2 Healthy & Green Living and Care2 Causes, and is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors and The Author’s Guild. Follow on Twitter @AnnPietrangelo

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Carol P.
Carol Phillips4 years ago

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.

Julie F.
Julie F.4 years ago

thanks for posting!

Carole Brown
Carole B.4 years ago

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!

Rose N.
Rose N.4 years ago

Thank you for posting.

Mickey T.
Mickey Tan4 years ago


Kay L.
KayL NOFORWARDS4 years ago

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

John Williams
John Williams4 years ago

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 :)

Barbara Erdman
Barbara Erdman4 years ago

Interesting, thanx for information

.4 years ago

@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.

Olivia Schlosser
Past Member 4 years ago

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