Stop the Money Pipeline: A Conversation With Organizers

Tuesday, April 7, 2020 - 11:00am - 12:00pm

Recording available on YouTube:

Stop the Money Pipeline

Please join us for a conversation with organizers from the Stop the Money Pipeline, a coalition of over 90 organizations working to end the financing of climate destruction.  This broad coalition has been organizing to "demand that banks, asset managers, insurance companies and institutional investors stop funding, insuring and investing in climate destruction." There will be opportunities to learn more about ways we can engage with mindfulness and compassion during the 3-day climate strike (April 22nd-24th) that marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. During the webinar, we will discuss the variety of ways in which participants can plug-in to this conversation.

Earlier this year, Transition US joined a coalition of some of the nation’s leading climate, youth, and Indigenous organizations, who have launched a major new mobilization on Friday, January 10th, 2020, called Stop the Money Pipeline, that has been pressuring banks, insurance companies, assets managers and institutional investors to stop financing fossil fuels and deforestation and start respecting human rights and Indigenous sovereignty. 

Due to public health concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, the Stop the Money Pipeline coalition has announced that it will be canceling plans for public rallies on April 23, pivoting to a series of online and individual tactics to keep up pressure on financial institutions that continue to fund fossil fuels and deforestation. The decision was made in partnership with the youth-led Climate Strikes coalition that had been planning three days of public actions around Earth Day, but is now also moving their plans online. 

This does feel like a moment of reckoning. Amidst the bad news, it feels difficult to focus on the climate movement – why complicate matters when things already feel so overwhelming? It is a legitimate response to retract. But if you can stay engaged– it would serve our collective long term health to do so. There are many parallels between the climate crisis and pandemics. Wall Street’s greed has hollowed out our communities, weakened our public institutions, and fueled global instability. That’s left us ill-equipped to confront major challenges like the coronavirus. Planet-warming pollution leaves communities even more vulnerable to illnesses. We want to create a more equitable, sustainable world, and we have been working hard towards these goals, despite everything.


Ayako NaganoAyako Nagano serves as Managing Attorney for Midori Law Group, P.C. and specializes in serving Japanese American seniors. She serves as Secretary of the Board for three 501(c)(3) non-profits: Common Vision, which installs school gardens all across California;  Transition Berkeley, a local Transition Town initiative to bring neighbors together to build a more equitable, sustainable, resilient future for Berkeley; and Nippon Kobo, which produces cross-cultural programs by luminaries in the Japanese American community. 

In November 2019, Ayako was appointed as a council member to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC).

Ayako also serves on the Steering Committees of the Green Leadership Trust, a coalition of U.S. environmental nonprofit board members of color, promoting diversity, equity and inclusion within the environmental movement; and the Mycelium Youth Network, empowering youth to grow as visionary leaders and budding environmentalists. Ayako is co-chair of the International Transformational Resilience Coalition in California, working to build  psychological and psycho-social-spiritual resilience for the adversities generated by climate change; serves on the Social Justice Working Group for Transition US; and organizes the Plastic Reduction Working Group at the Ecology Center.

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