• Dan Sherrard-Smith

Feeling hot? Switch your bank.

Need someone to blame for this unbearable heat?


Look no further than the big banks.


Seriously.


Stay with me on this.


40 degrees celsius has arrived in the UK.


It has reached that point because of two things:

  1. The global average temperature hit 0.84 degrees Celsius above the 20th-century average. This makes extreme weather events more likely.

  2. A bit of the jet stream (the air system that flows from central America to the UK) has been trapped above north west Africa, pumping hot air across western Europe. This is an anomaly made more likely by high global temperatures.


And it has left the UK sweltering. Schools have closed, rail services have been cancelled, people can’t get to work.


Imagine what it will be like if we hit 1.5? Or worse, if we hit our current trajectory of 2.7 degrees by the end of the century.


There is no easy fix. But there is something tangible you can do.


Switch your bank.


Because where a bank invests its money has a big impact on the amount of carbon emissions we generate. And there is such a range on the amount each bank is putting into carbon-emitting activities, especially oil & gas. So, given CO2 emissions lead to a warming planet, our banks have a big impact on how unbearably hot our summers will be.


So what are you waiting for? Find out your impact at MotherTree and start the switch to a cooler summer.