Cities can lead the way on climate action

With 80 percent of the U.S. population living in cities, local leaders are critical in ensuring a safe climate future for all.

From transportation and waste management to sourcing clean energy and energy efficiency, cities are leaders in finding solutions to reduce carbon emissions and make communities more healthy, resilient and prosperous.

Cities can make a difference

As significant purchasers of commercial insurance, cities can send a powerful message to the industry by demanding the companies they purchase insurance from stop propping up climate-killing fossil fuels, and they have the leverage to do so.

Annual insurance contract renewals present regular opportunities to bring these demands to insurers and provide clear deadlines for them. And because the insurance market is competitive, with an increasing number of insurance companies that have made commitments or enacted policies to divest and stop underwriting fossil fuels, cities have choices that are safer for the climate outside of major U.S. insurers.

Municipal efforts to date include:

  • San Francisco was the first U.S. city to pass a resolution to cut ties with insurers that are investing in or insuring coal and tar sands companies and projects. The resolution recognizes that insurance companies’ support of dirty energy projects accelerates climate change and pledges that the city will purchase its commercial insurance from companies that are committed to action on climate change

  • The City of Paris passed a resolution in 2018 calling on major insurers to end support for the coal industry, citing its impact on climate change and the pollution that causes 23,000 premature deaths across Europe every year.

Get your city involved

Whether you’re a city employee or a resident, let us know if you want your city to help get insurance companies to stop supporting fossil fuels. We have resources to help you through the steps of engaging leaders, building supporting, and passing a resolution. Fill out the form below for more information.

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