Bristol Greenpeace have been outside Barclays branches over the summer raising public awareness of Barclays investment in tar sands. In early July we were outside the Broadmead Branch, then up in Clifton Triangle. Last week’s visit to the Westbury-on-Trym branch was called off due to transport troubles but we concluded our local efforts on Saturday back outside the Broadmead branch.
Barclays is the only UK bank that is involved in the funding of Canada’s tar sands pipelines. Tar sands produce some of the dirtiest and most polluting oil in the world. Indigenous communities are in the path of all 3 of these pipelines, and are fighting back to protect water, wildlife habitat and our shared climate.
On Saturday we asked the general public, Barclays customers or not, to support the campaign by signing a fake cardboard credit card with the request:
“I’M CALLING ON BARCLAYS TO STOP FUNDING TOXIC OIL PIPELINES”.
People could also add their own message to Barclays. These messages were deposited it in our pop-up cardboard ATM.
At the end of our session we carried the cardboard ATM, containing 187 messages, into the Barclays branch. We handed it to the Barclays bank manager. He politely took it and then asked us to leave.
Many thanks to Fi, Amanda, Lisa, Doug, Carol and especially to Immy for some great photographs and videography.
Click here to add your name to the ongoing online petition asking Barclays to stop funding toxic oil pipelines: https://bit.ly/2u0iSEd