A decade ago the banks crashed the economy. This time they’re crashing the planet. One of the worst offenders is Barclays, who have invested $30bn in fossil fuel companies over the last five years. And on Saturday 30th March – we’re taking action.
Join Swanley Momentum protest on Saturday 30th March, at 2.30pm outside Barclays Bank, 30 Swanley Centre, Swanley BR8 7TH.
From hurricanes in the Caribbean to wildfires on Saddleworth Moor, climate change is devastating communities around the world. And according to the IPCC, we only have 11 years left to act to limit the worst of the crisis.
If we’re serious about preventing catastrophic warming, this means we can’t build any more fossil fuel infrastructure. Rather than digging more coal mines, drilling more oil fields and building more pipelines, we need to radically transform our energy infrastructure and build a green economy for the many.
In order to win this fight, we need to take on the banks. Although fossil fuel companies have a lot of money, they don’t have the billions of dollars needed to build their infrastructure. This is financed by banks, who could be investing in renewables instead.
One of the biggest culprits is Barclays. Between 2012 and 2017 Barclays financed 15 fossil fuel companies with over $30bn, including corporations pushing ahead the plans to develop the fracking industry in the UK.
But we can stop Barclays. With only limited grassroots effort from People & Planet campaigners, Barclays has already begun to concede. In May 2017, the bank’s chairman told shareholders Barclays would be withdrawing its financing of a company licensed to frack in Ryedale. This was due in part to the hundreds of creative direct actions taken by students at Barclays branches across the country.
On Saturday 30 March, Momentum will be staging creative direct action Barclays branches around the country in order to pressure the bank to stop funding the fossil fuel industry. Join us in taking on the banks that fund climate breakdown, and let’s break the chain of fossil fuel finance!
Right now people are demanding action on climate change. From the movement pushing for a Green New Deal in the US, to the youth climate strikes taking place in over 50 countries around the world and Labour’s plan for a Green Industrial Revolution in Britain. People are calling on governments to decarbonise our economies, invest in renewables and create millions of good green jobs.
And we have to step up and join them. On the 30th March Momentum members are staging creative direct actions at Barclays branches across the country to pressure Barclays to stop funding climate breakdown.
Just visit BankruptClimateChange.com to find an action near you and get involved. From the apartheid movement to anti-fracking campaigners, taking action against Barclays branches has led to big victories. And now we need to do it again.
No action in your area? Why not organise one! All you need is 6 friends and a nearby Barclays branch. Don’t worry if you’re new to organising, we’ll support you with resources, training and 1-1 phone calls to help you organise your action. Just click here, fill in the form and we’ll get back to you 🙂
Can’t attend an action? Chip in and fund the campaign instead. We don’t have any big corporate backers, just thousands of supporters like you and running a national campaign against the banks isn’t cheap. We’ve beaten Barclays before, and together we can do it again. But we can only make the campaign go big with small donations from supporters like you.
Together, we can do this. Just head to BankruptClimateChange.com and take action next Saturday.