The Union of Concerned Scientists helps you tell big money-managing corporations BlackRock and Vanguard to pressure ExxonMobil and Chevron to move toward renewable energy at their next shareholder meetings. BlackRock and Vanguard are two of the biggest retirement-fund managers in the world, after all, and their agitation can get even ExxonMobil and Chevron moving in the right direction. Of course, these pension funds might have your money in them, so the enterprising corporatist might retort DON'T MAKEZ UZ DO TEH SOLARZ AND TEH WINDZ OR YOUR RETIREMENTZ WILLZ BE TEH GONEZ!!!!! Maybe you don't want your pension fund dependent on a future where coal-oil-and-gas belch pollution into our air and water with impunity, but consider, also, that a) energy is not the only sector of the economy BlackRock and Vanguard invest in and b) coal is doing badly and renewable energy is doing rather well, so any supposed impact on your pension might just be a bit overstated.
Meanwhile, the Adani Group is still trying to put a coal mine on the edge of Australia's Great Barrier Reef -- which has suffered enough over the years, frankly -- but they're going to need a big corporation to insure their mine. A few big insurance corporations, to their credit, have said no -- but Liberty Mutual hasn't, yet, so Sum of Us helps you tell Liberty Mutual not to do business with the corporation that would destroy the Great Barrier Reef. It's not enough to describe the unique ecosystem the Reef supports -- plenty of bad people act like that's all stupid, and too many good people believe them. Fact is, the fuel they make goes away, and the money they make goes away, but the Great Barrier Reef can last forever, if we simply avoid destroying it -- particularly for a source of fuel that contributes less and less to our economy and more and more to the pollution that's destroying this planet. I hope that all doesn't sound too conservative.
Finally, if you've missed previous opportunities to tell your Senators to pass H.R. 7, the Paycheck Fairness Act, then Moms Rising still helps you do that. Women still make 80 cents for every dollar men make, on average, and when you adjust for factors like experience and similar qualifications, women still don't make a dollar for every dollar men make. The Paycheck Fairness Act would, among other things, keep employers from retaliating against workers who discuss their pay with each other, since that's generally the only way women find out they're getting shafted. Of course, Mob Boss Mitch, who "get(s) to decide what we vote on" in the Senate, won't want to hold a vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act. Maybe he'll grace us with another op-ed (which no mob boss likes writing!) intoning seriously about "trial lawyers," which they always talk about when they've got nothing. Still, let's do our duty; at least it'll make them look bad, again, and that'll add up.