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?
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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