When older climate activists staged more than 100 protests across the US on March 21, calling on big banks to stop investing in fossil fuels, their day of action included marches, rallies, and protesters sitting in shifts to blockade local branches of Wells Fargo, Chase, Citibank, and Bank of America. In Washington, D.C., many demonstrators did so in painted rocking chairs. It was the first major demonstration coordinated by Third Act, founded in 2021 by author and environmentalist Bill McKibben, who had realized that older people like himself often hold positions of authority and control about 70% of the nation’s wealth. So Third Act began organizing workshops and voter registration campaigns, and encouraging members to switch banks or put pressure on their banks to divest from fossil fuels.

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