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TELL AT&T AND VERIZON: HANG UP ON FOSSIL FUELS

AT&T and Verizon dominate the telecom industry in the US. But one area where neither company is a leader is in using renewable energy.

The telecommunications industry contributes 2.5% of our global greenhouse gas emissions, comparable to the entire aviation industry. AT&T and Verizon have made declarations supporting sustainability, but renewable energy accounts for less than 2% Verizon’s energy portfolio.

Thanks to consumer pressure from this campaign, in February 2018, AT&T announced contracts to purchase 520 MW of power from two wind farms in Oklahoma and Texas. That’s the equivalent of taking 350,595 passenger vehicles off the road or providing electricity for a quarter-million homes a year.

But AT&T is still only sourcing 20% of its electricity from renewables, and Verizon has not made any similar commitments. We need to keep the pressure on both companies to commit to 100%!

We rely on these companies’ networks to bring people together, to share ideas and news. We shouldn't have to compromise the planet to stay connected and informed.

T-Mobile has announced it is moving to 100% renewable energy by 2021, and has raised the bar for the industry for clean energy commitments.

Tech giants, like Google and Apple, are also way ahead of AT&T and Verizon in using clean energy. With the Trump Administration pulling the US out of the Paris Climate Accords, it’s time for all companies to take action to create the clean energy future we need. It’s time for telecom giants AT&T and Verizon to move forward on wind and solar power.

Join us in calling on AT&T and Verizon to hang up on fossil fuels and become leaders for sustainability.



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