Why is a big ol' environmental group like us working with the employees of Walmart, McDonald's and a lot of other companies to stand up for fair wages today?
The simple answer is that it's about solidarity, economics, and most of all the climate. Click here to tell Walmart, America's largest private employer, to get serious about protecting people and the planet. Then, check out the longer answer below with lots of facts, stats and links for you to find out more about the Fight for $15 and a safe climate.
So why are we fighting Walmart with allies who make minimum wage (or less)?
- It's about solidarity.
- It's not just about solidarity, it's about the money.
- It's also about the climate, and it really really matters - Walmart uses about 21,000,000,000 kilowatt hours of electricity each year, compared to about 11,000 for each of us. Right now, the biggest supplier of Walmart's electricity is coal, and only 3% is from clean sources. But if they live up to their promise to get 100% of their electricity from clean power -- as companies like Kohl's and Whole Foods do already -- it would mean billions of dollars of investment in new solar panels, wind farms and energy efficiency projects.
- To change everything, we need everyone.
Click here to read more about any or all of those reasons.
So what can you do about it? Lots! Sign our petition to Walmart, the largest private employer in America and one of the biggest corporations in the world, calling on them to clean up their act on climate change and wages.
You can also turn out to your local Fight for 15 rally today and bring along a climate-themed sign. Last, stay tuned for ways you can help us send Walmart a message next week on earth day to cut their reliance on dirty coal and invest in truly clean alternatives.