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Dear Jeanne,

We’re obviously at a moment of great emergency. In the last ten days, Vladimir Putin has invaded Ukraine, and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has warned us, at the conclusion of a 6,000-page document, that “the window for action is closing.”

All of us want to do something to help the brave Ukrainians in their resistance, but we don’t know what to do from a distance. One clue that might help us figure out a productive course: 60% of Putin’s export earnings come from oil and gas. It’s what funds his army, and the threat of turning off supplies is the weapon he uses to make Europe cower. Since we’re used to thinking about fossil fuels in relation to the climate crisis, we’ve got a bit of a head start in figuring out some ideas.

Last week, Bill McKibben wrote about how the U.S. might aid Ukraine by sending heat pumps to Europe. People are starting to rally to the idea—over 200 environmental justice groups have signed a joint letter urging President Biden to use the Defense Production Act to ramp up production, and now the good folks at Rewiring America have put numbers to an “Electrify for Peace” plan for getting it done. Here are two suggestions for actions you can take.

Actions to Support Ukraine

  1. Write to President Biden and encourage him to get behind a plan to send clean energy to Europe, as the U.S. did with food and supplies in the years before we entered World War II. He can invoke the Defense Production Act to get American manufacturers to start producing electric heat pumps in quantity, so we can ship them to Europe where they can be installed in time to dramatically lessen Putin’s power and profits. It’s good for Europe, good for climate change, and good for American jobs. Click HERE to send your personal email to President Biden today.
  2. Help Ukrainian people in need directly. Please consider making a donation to organizations that are providing aid to Ukranian people. You can find vital groups to support in this list, or pitch in to aid the efforts of World Central Kitchen, who are helping keep people fed on the ground.

Sign-up for March Events

The links between American banks, oil & gas, and Russia’s war-machine are clear: fossil fuels, colonialism, and corporate and government corruption are the root causes of both war and climate change.

So we’re charging ahead with our Banking on our Future campaign to pressure Chase, Citi, Bank of America, and Wells Fargo to stop funding the fossil fuel industry here at home. Chase is a big financier of Russia’s Gazprom—yet another reason to pressure the banks to stop financing fossil fuels.


  • Monthly Teach-In on March 14: This Monday, March 14th at 7:30 pm ET/4:30 pm PT, join our monthly Teach-In: “How are Banks and Climate Change Connected?” Bill McKibben and our partner organizations will share the context for this work, talk about other important efforts underway, introduce a toolkit to help you spread the word, AND we’ll have Fran Teplitz from Green America to answer your most frequently asked questions about taking the pledge to move your money. Register here.
  • Monthly All-In Call on March 23: On March 23rd 8:00pm ET/ 5:00pm PT at our monthly All-In Call you’ll hear how we’ll start to activate Third Actors like you across the country to protect voting rights in key states and mobilize for the midterms. We’ll also get to hear from ‘The Divine Miss M’ herself, alongside other exciting guests. Register here.
  • Welcome to Third Act Call on March 28: Folks who are new to Third Act are welcome to join our Lead Organizer, Bob Fulkerson on March 28th at 8:00pm ET/ 5:00pm PT to get oriented with our working groups and other ways to plug into our community. Register for Welcome to Third Act: Let’s Get Started.
  • Co-Working Party on March 30: We want to inspire a joyous, skilled, committed volunteer corps over here at Third Act. So we hope you’ll join our staff on March 30th at 3:30pm ET/ 12:30pm PT for our very first Co-Working Party, where together, we’ll write Letters to the Editor, learn ways to plug into our digital organizing, and meet other Third Actors from all over the country.  Register here.

Find all of these events, and more at: http://thirdact.org/events/ 

If you can’t wait to join us, follow us on Twitter and Instagram (@third_act_org) or on Facebook (@ThirdActOrg)

Thank you for all you do!

In solidarity,

Vanessa Arcara, President
and the Team at Third Act

Third Act
Sustainable Markets Foundation – 45 West 36th Street 6th floor

New York, New York 10018-7635

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