One of the most powerful ways to make a change is to switch to a greener bank account. These are few and far between, but there are options. You could join your local credit union, which is a local nonprofit bank owned and run by the community. Or support locally-run building societies. It’s easy to switch to:
Triodos Bank is Europe’s biggest green bank with a Bristol branch. It invests in organic farming and clean energy, and offers a range of current and savings accounts, including ISAs.
Reliance Bank Ltd offers personal and business accounts, it’s owned by the Salvation Army, so profits help homeless people.
Engage is a simple ethical bank account with no credit checks, and a VISA card and ‘engage envelopes’ to keep checks on your bills.
Cumberland Building Society has good reviews, and it’s possible to open an online account if you don’t live in the northwest. It offers a good range of current and savings accounts, and does a lot of good work to support wildlife charities and hospices.