Investing doesn’t have to cost the Earth

Put your money where your values are and invest in a responsible fund for the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day

Article updated: 23 April 2020 8:00am Author: Lucinda Gregory


Launched in America in 1970, Earth Day has become a global environmental movement, seeing more than a billion people worldwide demand environmental action.

Yesterday marked the 50th anniversary of this event. However, due to the global Coronavirus pandemic, this year we’re being asked to drive action by using our voices online in the first Digital Earth Day and taking #EarthDay2020 #EARTHRISE viral.

This year’s theme is Climate Action. 2019 saw climate activists achieve unprecedented momentum, with the likes of Greta Thunberg and Extinction Rebellion capturing the public’s attention. However, with the global pandemic now dominating daily life and headlines, climate change is understandably no longer at the forefront of people’s minds.

Nevertheless, when you look beyond the coronavirus, deadlines to reduce global carbon emissions remain the same as the climate crisis continues.

The danger of climate change

The 50 years since the launch of Earth Day have not been kind to our planet. The global population has more than doubled, whilst deforestation and unsustainable agriculture know no bounds. As our actions cause the world to warm to a dangerous extent, extreme weather events become more common, sea levels rise and glaciers melt.

The data is equally sobering. On average, each person now produces 21% more CO2 than in 1970 with an increase of 47% per capita in fossil fuel use, a 65% increase in meat consumption, 447% increase in plastic production and 561% increase in airplane trips.(*1)

But there is hope.

In 2016 Earth Day was used as the backdrop for the signing of the Paris Agreement, an international accord which aims to stop the planet from warming 2C above pre-industrial levels.

Many of us finally understand the impact our behaviour has on the planet and are changing our habits, reducing our carbon footprints, recycling our waste and altering our diets.

The public’s call for action is not going unheard as increased pressure is put on governments and companies to fund alternative solutions to address the world’s most pressing environmental challenges.It is impossible to say what Earth day look like in another 50 years but positive change is dependent on our actions.

Investing in our climate

One way you can make a difference is to align your profits with your principles and invest in companies who drive the change to address the climate crisis.

Companies offering innovative, market-leading solutions in areas such as renewable energy and energy efficiency, water technology, sustainable food and agriculture waste and resource recovery, along with a circular economy present an opportunity for investors to contribute and benefit from these long-term themes.

The Share Centre’s Responsible Investing pages have been created to help investors choose funds which support their values. For every investment made in funds featured on our responsible investing list, we will donate £1 towards planting trees and maintaining woodlands across the UK.

Below are 3 funds addressing the climate crisis

VT Gravis Clean Energy Income

The team at Gravis have considerable expertise in the growing market of clean energy, investing over £1 billion in renewable energy projects.

The fund invests in renewable energy such as wind, solar and hydro via companies owning renewable energy assets or operations directly linked to the funding, construction, generation and supply of renewable energy.

Pictet Water

With increasing water stress being witnessed on a global scale, there is a strong need for more water infrastructure investment, creating investment opportunities for companies and investors.

Pictet Water was launched in 2000 and allocates capital to companies developing solutions to global water challenges across three themes; water technology, water supply and environmental services.

The team are overseen by a Water Advisory Board consisting of recognised experts in their field.

Impax Environmental Markets

The UK’s largest environmental trust invests globally in companies that provide environmental solutions through their products and services. The managers focus on the following themes; clean energy and energy efficiency, water treatment and pollution control, waste technology and natural resource management and sustainable food.

In 2019 the trust was awarded the Green Economy Mark by the London Stock Exchange in recognition of the company’s revenues from products and services that contribute to the global green economy.

IEM plc is managed by Impax Asset Management, a leading manager wholly dedicated to investing in the transition to a more sustainable economy.

In the words of the great David Attenborough ‘Never before have we had such an awareness of what we are doing to the planet and never before have we had the power to do something about that.’

(*1) According to Our World in Data

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Lucinda Gregory

Investment Research & Guidance Manager

Lucinda has significant experience working in the fund management industry having previously worked at J.P. Morgan. She currently manages our team of analysts who are leading the company’s sell-side proposition and are responsible for our range of preferred lists.

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