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In 2018, I started to rejig my portfolio to bring it more closely into line with my values and lifestyle. I feel increasingly uncomfortable with returns on my investments coming from sectors which continue to damage and pollute the world. I wanted to introduce some investments which are more environmentally friendly given the warnings from the science community on climate change. I became alarmed whilst reading the special report from the IPCC in early October which prompted this article "Climate Change...Be The Change".

The world is changing very quickly and the global climate emergency is moving to the top of the political agenda. As these changes unfold, I am trying to remove some of the investments which are part of the problem such as the big oil and gas companies involved in fossil fuels and replace these with investments which focus on areas which are part of the solution - for example, renewable energy such as wind and solar power as well as other areas making a positive contribution towards a more sustainable world.

Getting Up to Speed on Climate Emergency (May 2019)
Psstt...Wanna Own a Wind Farm? (May 2019)
Orsted - New Portfolio Addition  (Apr 2019)
Impax Environmental Markets - Results (Apr 2019)
iShares Global Clean Energy ETF - Addition (Mar 2019)
Foresight Solar - New Addition (Mar 2019)
FP WHEB Sustainability - New Addition (Mar 2019)
'The Uninhabitable Earth'  Book Review (Mar 2019)
Bluefield Solar - Purchase (Mar 2019)
TRIG - Purchase  (Feb 2019)
Foresight UK Infrastructure - Purchase (Feb 2019)
Global Index Funds Under the Spotlight (Feb 2019)
A Look at Green Bonds  (Feb 2019)
Investing for a Green Future Pt 2 (Nov 2018)
Investing for a Green Future Pt 1 (Nov 2018)
BG Positive Change - Purchase (Oct 2018)
Impax Environmental Markets - Purchase (Oct 2018)


2 comments:

  1. Hello,

    As a Newbie Investor and a long-time Eco-Warrior, I've been following your blog with much interest. Trying to invest ethically and on a budget, it's proving very difficult to follow much of the better investment advice around. The Global Energy Clean Tracker I bought is in freefall - I believe mostly thanks to currency exchange rates - and so far my small investment amount and research is mostly limiting me to equities, quite scary in the current market!

    I wholeheartedly support your attempts to presuade the bigger companies to offer more ethical funds/trackers. I was interested in Vanguard and Blackrock funds, but having read this piece in the Guardian today, it seems their bad attitude goes to the top: https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/may/21/blackrock-investor-climate-crisis-blackrock-assets Needless to say, I won't be investing with either now.

    More blog posts about your experiments in Green Investing (especially on a budget with Newbies in mind!) would be much appreciated.

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    1. Jane,

      Thanks for your interest, I guess we are all doing what we can given our level of awareness. Of course, the oil majors are doing a lot to muddy the waters via disinformation and say one thing and do the opposite so it can be difficult to see all the angles with clarity.

      You may already know about Ethical Consumer
      https://www.ethicalconsumer.org/ethicalcampaigns/carbon-divestment

      You may also be interested in the Big Exchange
      https://bigexchange.com/

      Good luck with your investing and green campaigning.

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