3 years ago I started my company, Campfire Labs, and pledged 50% of the profits to climate advocacy.

Today I just sent ~$200,000 worth of grants bringing our total giving for the year to ~$300,000.


Here are some of the orgs we gave money to this year 🧵
.@theclimatevote for grassroots climate organizing and making effective climate action easy.

Here's a thread on why I love what they're doing:
.@rewiringamerica for developing and lobbying for federal policy to #electrifyeverything

@GriffithSaul and the Rewiring team have brought a ton of people into the climate movement by creating a new story that is more motivating than the old sacrifice narrative.
.@ClimateNexus for the behind-the-scenes work they do to get climate stories in the media.

Fossil fuel companies are spending tons of money spreading misinformation. If we don't get ahead of that, we'll lose voters and support for climate policy.

cc @shargrea
.@EvergreenAction for developing and lobbying for effective federal policy like CEPP.

A single tweet wouldn't do this team justice, so go check out @GivingGreenE's summary here - givinggreen.earth/us-policy-chan…

cc @jamalraad @leahstokes @SamTRicketts
.@wradv for developing state climate policy in the Western US.

Most headlines focus on federal climate policy. But so much of the important work happens in state legislatures and regulatory agencies.

cc @erinoverturf
.@weact4ej for environmental justice policy and organizing at both the state and federal level.

You can check out their full 2022 policy agenda here - weact.org/publications/p…

Thanks to everyone that matched my donation to this organization!
At @carbonswitch I've spent thousands of hours researching the most effective types of climate action.

I think supporting climate advocacy nonprofits tops the list.

If you can swing it, I'd encourage you to give some money to one of these organizations.

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More from @curious_founder

30 Nov
I analyzed ~65,000 nonprofit tax returns to see where charitable dollars go in America.

I learned that environmental nonprofits receive less than 2% of all donations.

Here's what else I learned 🧵

#GivingTuesday #energytwitter
In 2020 Americans gave $471 billion to nonprofits.

Most of those donations went to the following categories: religion, education, human services, and health.

Environmental organizations received just $8 billion (~2%) — the least amount of any category tracked by the IRS. Image
Organizations working to reduce GHG emissions received only $2 billion.

That means 0.4% of all charitable donations went to climate mitigation.

Which is a huge bummer to say the least.
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12 Nov
Most banks use your money to fund fossil fuel projects 👎

But some banks use your money to fund #climate solutions like solar ☀️

I spent dozens of hours over the last few weeks trying to find the best climate-friendly bank.

Here's what I learned 🧵
1. Most banks are still pouring trillions into fossil fuel projects.

Here's how much the top banks have lent since Paris:

@Chase: $316 billion
@Citi: $237 billion
@WellsFargo: $223 billion
@BankofAmerica: $198 billion

Source: @RAN's latest report - ran.org/wp-content/upl…
2. Where you choose to bank has a direct impact on what projects do or don't get funded.

If you bank with @Chase or @WellsFargo, your money funds more oil rigs and coal plants.

If you switch to a sustainable bank, your money funds rooftop solar, wind farms, EVs, etc.
Read 9 tweets
12 Nov
AHRI just released the latest data on heating and cooling installs.

353k homeowners installed natural gas furnaces in Sept.

Those installs guarantee ~4m tons of carbon emissions / year for the next 20 years.

That's 80m of carbon budget 🔥 in a single month.

We need to get that number to zero ASAP. But we're trending in the wrong direction.

Here are the gas furnace install numbers for the last three Septembers:

2019: 286,870
2020: 351,087 (weird year)
2021: 353,047

Here they are for the last 2 decades (note: 2021 YTD is up 30%)
Now let's look at air conditioning units ❄️

All a/c runs on electricity. That's good. But most a/c units are really inefficient. That's bad.

So in the short term, installing inefficient units is its own form of fossil-fuel lock-in.
Read 9 tweets
11 Nov
Wow, I knew that China burned more coal than any country, but this graph is staggering 🤯
But the US takes the cake on fossil gas emissions
And oil
Read 5 tweets
3 Nov
I guess #COP26 is a good occasion to announce that my team and I at Campfire Labs just gave a $60,000 grant to @theclimatevote.

Here's why I'm excited about what they are building:
The single most effective #climate action anyone can take is advocating for policy change.

@theclimatevote makes that easy (and surprisingly fun).

Every week they host an hour of action. A bunch of us get together and learn from experts like the good folks at @ProjectDrawdown.
After learning about a policy or issue we get to work.

We send personalized emails to legislators. We make calls. And we set up meetings with our reps.

In my second hour of action I set up a meeting with a US Senate staffer to talk about climate!
Read 6 tweets
29 Oct
Just went through the #BuildBackBetter bill text and here are some home electrification highlights:

Section 30421 provides $9 billion for home energy retrofits.

This is the biggest investment in efficiency / electrification by an order of magnitude.

Obama's Better Buildings Neighborhood Program (BBNP) invested $508 million.
The second thing to note here is that the $9 billion is the same as what was allocated in the last version of the bill.

So it appears Manchin and Sinema didn't mangle this at all.
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