Dear Boston Marathon: Cut ties with Bank of America!

To the organiser of the Boston Marathon,

Our members love to run at major events such as yours, and we understand that your costs cannot be borne by entrants alone. Hence we appreciate your need to attract sponsors. But the issue we have is your partnering with the use of sponsors funding the fossil- fuel industry.

As you know, we are in a climate emergency. According to the WHO, climate change will result in an additional 250,000 deaths each year between 2030 and 2050. This is thanks largely to fossil-fuels, which account for around 90% of CO2 emissions, says the UN. 

Aligning with the right sponsor is critical as the wrong sponsor can easily negate the positive environmental work you’ve achieved. And, of course, it can take valuable time to manage critical comments in the press, social media and communications such as this.

We urge you not to renew Bank of America’s sponsorship, sign up to the Game Changer Sponsorship Pledge and make a public statement to this effect. This is your chance to make a real difference for the future of our planet.

Bank of America ranks 4th in the world in terms of fossil- fuel financing; was third in the world in 2022 for financing of oil and gas extraction in the Amazon rainforest, almost doubling their financing from 2021 to 2022; they backtracked from their climate commitments last December; and their own shareholders are turning against the bank with a significant number backing demands for climate change plans.

You can find out more about the Game Changer Sponsorship Pledge here: Sports Sponsorship Pledge — Badvertising (

You say “Bank of America continues to ensure the stability of the world’s oldest annual marathon”. What you fail to mention is that Bank of America continues to ensure the growing instability of the world’s climate through its funding of fossil fuels. What might be good for your event, is without doubt bad for the planet.

There will be no Boston Marathon on a dead planet.

Please let me know if you would like to discuss this matter with us.

Yours sincerely

The Green Runners

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