Climate Campers Kick-Start “Anti-Bank” Holiday Weekend
August 28, 2009
This afternoon, over 100 Climate Campers, many of them first-time activists, planned and took part in a protest that exposed Barclays extensive and expensive involvement in global injustices. (1)
Walking straight up to the entrance of Barclay’s on Canary Wharf, the group plastered notices across the front of the building, and unfurled a brightly coloured banner saying “More Future, Less Capitalism.” The group also briefly blocked the road with a banner condemning the bank’s involvement in “killer coal”.
Raymond Tilby, who took part in the demonstration, said:
“I think it’s really important to highlight the involvement of banks like Barclays in climate change. This follows the pattern of big businesses trying to hide behind greenwash.”
“Both climate change and the arms trade are contributing to the death and suffering of millions, putting profit before both people and planet.” (2)
More groups from the Climate Camp are expected to take part in direct actions against climate criminals over the Bank Holiday weekend.
For comments and interviews:
Contact: Climate Camp Media Team - 07040 900905, 07772 861 099 or 0793 209 6677
On Protest – Sophie Williams or Sam Johnson - 07792 813907
Photos will shortly be available http://climatecamp.org.uk/actions/london-2009/photography Please contact photographers with enquiries about commercial reproduction.
Notes to the Editors
- Barclays has had involvement in up to $6 billion in coal related industries, and holds over $7 billion of shares in the arms trade.
- The UN estimates the annual death toll of climate change to be 300,000.