Why is Europe’s largest conservation charity banking with Europe’s biggest funder of fossil fuels?
The National Trust (NT) has a wide range of diverse responsibilities encompassing heritage, landscape,
nature and wildlife, and recognizes the central importance of the climate crisis in undertaking them,
noting that “[a]lmost three quarters of the most important land in our care is vulnerable to climate change.”
Land & landscape, National Trust
That alone would call into question the NT’s choice to bank with Barclays, which finances more fossil fuel activity than any other in Europe, involving companies whose “investments are largely going to new oil and gas”
Facts give lie to claim record oil money is being poured into green projects, Guardian
something the UN Secretary General has bluntly labelled “moral and economic madness.”
Status Apr 5 2022, @antonioguterres
There are further stark differences between the NT’s stated values and the actions of its bank, some of which are set out below, providing more context to the upcoming Members’ Resolution proposing that the NT review its relationship with Barclays. The full resolution can be seen here and NT members can vote for it online as follows:
- Click this link to access the voting website - https://bit.ly/NationalTrustVote
- Log in, and vote FOR Resolution 6.