Please, just stop funding big oil. Fossil fuel is the largest cause of global warming and all the climate change that goes along with it. It’s an industry that will die as renewables forge a new path forward, or it will die along with the rest of us. Continued oil production ensures that your children and grandchildren will struggle to survive in a bleak world they didn’t create. It’s wrong to destroy God’s awesome and delicate creation just to make it cheaper to drive our kids to school, or easier to drink Coke on the road.
So we, Extinction Rebellion and our allies are going to help you to come to the right choice in this matter. We are going to suggest to your customers that they divest. Pull their money out of Wells Fargo accounts. We’re talking closing checking accounts, savings accounts, retirement accounts, refinance loans, cut up credit cards. There are plenty of credit unions and community banks that would treat them, their money, and the earth much better.
Think about it this way. If you were to announce tomorrow that you are divesting of all future oil projects, you will be immediately heralded as a champion of our future, you can steer the economy toward a clean energy future. You’d be heros! AND you’d be able to sleep at night knowing you’re not responsible for the destruction of ecosystems and for the deaths of BILLIONS of animal and human lives. Let’s face it, after the way you’ve been screwing with your customers (and scapegoating your employees), you could use some social capital right now.
Oil dependence is like smoking. It feels good at the time, but you know it’s killing you. So just go ahead and quit, cold turkey. It will only hurt for a little while, while your lungs work out all that tar and as your body and the earth slowly come to realize that it can breathe again. Until then you’re just delaying the inevitable, and slowly, or maybe quickly as in the case of Australia, you’re choking us all out in the process.
We have hope, we believe that you’ll come around sooner or later. Until then we, along with some of our friends, will be around to help make that decision just a little bit easier for you. We’re here, and we’re not going away until you stop financing oil.
Until next time,