As students prepare to return to colleges and universities, Extinction Rebellion (XR) are running a campaign targeting Barclays and HSBC banks – the first and second largest financiers of fossil fuels in Europe.
These banks rely on students signing up during university, especially during Freshers’ Week, for many of their lifelong customers. XR want to dissuade students from opening a Barclays or HSBC account and so “deal a serious blow to their business and pressure them to stop investing in the destruction of our climate and natural world”.
They are asking students across the country to show up to Barclays and HSBC Freshers’ Fair presentations (physical or virtual) and ask awkward questions about these banks’ positions as 1st and 2nd largest fossil fuels funders in Europe display signs or art telling other students about the issues with these banks tell other students (via signs, chat functions, flyers etc depending on how your fair is run) to take a look at SwitchIt.Money to find out about ethical alternatives.
Banking on Climate Change Report 2020 – see how much banks around the world invest in fossil fuels.
Money Rebellion Campaign – a guide to the financial actions Extinction Rebellion is taking in Autumn 2020.
www.sharklays.com – website specific to Barclays dirty investments and what can be done about it.
For more information contact Claude Fourcroy at firstname.lastname@example.org.