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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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, ClimateCounts.org 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!
Images courtesy ClimateCounts.org
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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