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    More Megafunds Shift Focus to Fighting Climate Change

    January 20, 2020 2 min read

    More huge index fund firms are moving away from fossil fuel investments and toward those funds that will help fight climate change. Chief among them is BlackRock Inc., operating in more than 30 countries and is one of the biggest holders of most U.S. publicly traded companies. In January it joined Climate Action 100+, a group of hundreds of investment managers that have $41 trillion in assets. 

    “Climate change has become a defining factor in companies’ long-term prospects,” Chief Executive Officer Larry Fink wrote in his annual letter to corporate executives. “Awareness is rapidly changing, and I believe we are on the edge of a fundamental reshaping of finance.”

    Initiatives that Fink outlined in his letterincluded focusing more on sustainability in portfolio construction and risk management; leaving investments that present a high sustainability-related risk (such as coal investments); supporting investment products that screen fossil fuels; and commit BlackRock to sustainability and transparency in its investment stewardship activities. 

    The move came after groups called on BlackRock to more directly address climate change; they include Amazon Watch, the Sunrise Project, and individual activists. To them, the choice is not a morally neutral one.

    “I think the large passive managers have a real difficult decision to make,” Gore told the Financial Times in December. “Do they want to continue to finance the destruction of human civilization, or not?”

    Want to Invest with GoSun?

    Funding sustainability is a choice large index funds are making, but its also something you, the individual investor, can do on the crowdsource level.

     

    One great way to get involved is by backing GoSun on Start Engine, an equity crowdfunding site. Start Engine offers a unique equity crowdfunding platform for companies looking to raise capital, and for investors to discover them.

     

    Here's why GoSun is a great company to be a part of. GoSun literally started in an old garage and has now shipped over 35,000 solar products to over 60 countries. GoSun makes a variety of solar products including breakthrough solar ovens, which use vacuum insulation to bake, boil or fry a meal in only 20 minutes, using only sunlight. 

     

    After three years in business, GoSun is taking its innovative Solar Energy company to Start Engine, for equity crowdfunding raise. Last year, GoSun sold $1.6 million of solar products, and now they are and raising funds to ramp up all of their efforts. GoSun launched a campaign on October 16, 2019, and it has raised over $150,000 within the first five days.


    “Many investors are looking for a way to alleviate the potential problems of climate change," said Patrick Sherwin, GoSun CEO. "GoSun provides a unique opportunity because we provide several solutions to massive, global issues."

    GoSun is constantly coming out with new products to fight climate change. With innovation at the core, in 2018 GoSun launched the Fusion, first hybrid solar and electric oven through Kickstarter so customers can cook at night.  In 2019, the company launched the Chill, a solar-powered cooler on Indiegogo, that eliminates ice, thus freeing up space, keeping contents from being soaked and smashed.

     


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