Does shareholder climate activism complement grassroots activism?

“We built on the work of advocacy and grassroots activism to get investors to realize that climate change is a collective problem.”

Why It Matters

Transitioning to a low-carbon economy and society requires buy-in and intentional actions from publicly traded corporations, not just social purpose companies. Shareholders can push for climate action should they choose to exercise their power. Will they?

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Canada has been warming twice as fast as the global average. Among the many consequences of climate change are physical damages, like loss of biodiversity, sea-level rise, infrastructure damage due to fires and floods. 

A 2022 report from the Institute for Sustainable Finance Climate evaluates that these physical damages could result in $2.8 trillion in losses for the Canadian economy until

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