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One of the world's biggest financers of climate devastation

The 2015 Paris Agreement sets out what humankind needs to do to keep global heating below 1.5°C. Even if we burn only the fossil fuel reserves we already have, the planet will heat up by much more than this, leading to a catastrophic future:

  • coastal cities submerged
  • droughts
  • wildfires
  • mass displacement of people
  • accelerated species extinction
  • many, many deaths

"Every fraction of additional warming beyond 1.5°C will bring worse impacts" (UN Environment Programme)

We need to keep fossil fuels in the ground, yet...

Barclays continues to finance businesses expanding fossil fuel extraction, exploiting new reserves or destroying the ecosystems required to help avoid climate disaster.

Not madness; greed. Such fatally short-sighted, uncontrolled pursuit of profit is like the predatory feeding frenzy of a Barclays alter ego we call: Sharklays1.

1. Real sharks are much more benign, and an important part of the ocean ecosystem, which they are unlikely to try to destroy.

Latest news

It's a stick-up: protesters rebrand every Barclays branch in London

On a pandemic-muted Friday night, Extinction Rebellion protesters all over London (and others in Bristol) quietly visited every Barclays branch in the city, as well as many stand-alone Barclays cashpoints, to add stickers and slogans highlighting the bank's continued leading role in driving the plan [...]

October 2020
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Barclays' tar sands investment condemned in international protests

A wave of protests on October 2nd against financial institutions that fund tar sands, starting in London then stretching across the U.S. and Canada, specifically targetted Barclays branches in London to highlight the bank's role in the devastating industry. Short-term profits from tar sands investme [...]

October 2020

The Company They Keep: Barclays Energy-Power conference reiterates fossil fuel addiction

Barclays claim to believe they "should take a leading role in tackling climate change and help accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy [...] the financing we do for our clients, in every sector, will support the goal of limiting global warming." And yet, last week Barclays hosted an online [...]

September 2020
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Storm of protests across UK against Barclays' bankrolling of climate disaster

Sheffield, Inverness, Rochdale. Bath, Bristol, Exeter. Worthing, Hertford, Newbury. Cardiff, Manchester, the flagship Piccadilly Circus branch (seen above) and ... probably more elsewhere, all in the space of a few days. After the previous week of protests, this week saw many more Extinction Rebelli [...]

September 2020

It's a stick-up: protesters rebrand every Barclays branch in London

On a pandemic-muted Friday night, Extinction Rebellion protesters all over London (and others in Bristol) quietly visited every Barclays branch in the city, as well as many stand-alone Barclays cashpoints, to add stickers and slogans highlighting the bank's continued leading role in driving the plan [...]

October 2020
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Barclays' tar sands investment condemned in international protests

A wave of protests on October 2nd against financial institutions that fund tar sands, starting in London then stretching across the U.S. and Canada, specifically targetted Barclays branches in London to highlight the bank's role in the devastating industry. Short-term profits from tar sands investme [...]

October 2020
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The Company They Keep: Barclays Energy-Power conference reiterates fossil fuel addiction

Barclays claim to believe they "should take a leading role in tackling climate change and help accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy [...] the financing we do for our clients, in every sector, will support the goal of limiting global warming." And yet, last week Barclays hosted an online [...]

September 2020
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Storm of protests across UK against Barclays' bankrolling of climate disaster

Sheffield, Inverness, Rochdale. Bath, Bristol, Exeter. Worthing, Hertford, Newbury. Cardiff, Manchester, the flagship Piccadilly Circus branch (seen above) and ... probably more elsewhere, all in the space of a few days. After the previous week of protests, this week saw many more Extinction Rebelli [...]

September 2020
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