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Finance & Economic Systems

We aim to create a more environmentally sustainable and socially just world by transforming financial and economic systems. We work to redirect tax policies and public spending to make polluters pay for the costs of their pollution, and to drive the transition to a cleaner, low-carbon economy. At home and abroad, we advocate for policies that minimize environmental and social harm and fund a brighter future. In the United States, we strengthen regulations to encourage sustainability in financial markets and fight trade policies that allow companies to run roughshod over the environment and human rights. We also work with allies around the world to alter lending practices at financial institutions such as the World Bank, the U.S. Export-Import Bank and Wall Street banks that fund polluting activities and harm communities in developing countries.
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  • Finance & Economic Systems Tell Congress: Stop Trump’s new NAFTA
  • Forests Tell TIAA: Cut ties with conflict palm oil
  • Forests Tell Vanguard: Go deforestation & land grab-free
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Trump and Abe’s pro-coal agenda disastrous for the planet

Despite Trump and Abe’s regressive pro-coal agendas, coal is the energy of yesterday, while renewables are the energy of today and tomorrow.

D.C. Rally to Urge Governor Brown to Halt New Oil and Gas Projects, Protect Californians’ Health

Activists will greet Gov. Brown with banners outside his scheduled appearance at the National Press Club to demand an end to new fossil fuel projects in California and a plan to phase out the state’s dirty fuel extraction.

Trump’s revisions of U.S. – Korea trade deal promise more air pollution and global warming

Donald Trump has coerced South Korea into accepting changes in the U.S.-Korea trade agreement that would increase exports of U.S. cars that fail to meet Korea’s auto emissions standards.

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The Alaskan Arctic to California Crude Connection
The Alaskan Arctic to California Crude Connection

This dynamic is on the verge of changing, as the threat of increased oil tanker traffic in California to feed the refinery sector is raising awareness about the sources of that crude oil.

Export credit agencies must not fund Vietnam’s Long Phu 1 coal plant
Export credit agencies must not fund Vietnam’s Long Phu 1 coal plant

Through the U.S. Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im), Trump is pushing developing countries toward dependence on coal for decades to come.

NAFTA renegotiation threatens family farmers and the environment
NAFTA renegotiation threatens family farmers and the environment

A new NAFTA on the TPP model would lead to less regulation of Big Ag’s environmentally harmful factory farming practices resulting in worse air and water pollution, inhumane treatment of animals, deforestation, and massive use of environmentally-hazardous pesticides, chemical fertilizers and fossil fuels.

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  • Investing in a Green Belt and Road? Assessing the Implementation of China’s Green Credit Guidelines Abroad
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  • Letter to Ex-Im Bank
  • Climate of Risk: Fact sheet