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

Football sponsor wrecking the beautiful game: how Barclays is quietly ensuring pitches flood and players fry

A mock football match staged outside Barclays' flagship Piccadilly Circus branch has turned the floodlights on the bank's cynical exploitation of the beautiful game. Barclays proudly boasts of its status as Official Banking Partner of the Premier League and sponsorship of the FA Women's Super League [...]

September 2020
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New climate science report denounces Barclays' continued fossil fuel financing

A new report covering the latest science on the climate and ecological crisis, Emergency on Planet Earth, denounces Barclays for continuing to pour billions into fossil fuels, driving up carbon emissions that will lead to devastating global heating if unchecked. The report highlights the absurdity o [...]

September 2020

Pressure mounts on Barclays as protests multiply

In the space of a week, 5 different Barclays branches spread across the UK have been subject to Extinction Rebellion protest actions, raising public awareness of the bank's funding of fossil fuels, so that customers and investors will move their money elsewhere, bringing more pressure on Barclays to [...]

August 2020
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Barclays AGM lampooned in hint of things to come

Barclays' board attracted much criticism in advance of its 2020 AGM for strong-arming shareholders to support a largely toothless environmental resolution rather than the reasonable and effective one proposed by ShareAction. A new Extinction Rebellion spoof video offers a caustically satirical view [...]

August 2020

Barclays-BP relationship under fire again

Hot on the heels of the appointment as Barclays non-executive director of Brian Gilvary, straight from his time as Chief Financial Officer of BP, the revolving door between the two companies now brings Tushar Morzaria, Barclays' finance chief, as a new non-executive director of BP. That there should [...]

August 2020
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Powerful message from the future to Barclays

The ecocide crime scene staged by Extinction Rebellion (XR) outside Barclays headquarters in Canary Wharf underlined the dire consequences in the decades ahead of continued investment in fossil fuel extraction by Barclays. Addressing the future faced by young people today, Jess Maddison of XR Youth [...]

August 2020

New Beyond Coal briefing prompts bogus Barclays denials

The release of the 2020 Fool's Gold briefing from Europe Beyond Coal was accompanied by protesters outside Barclay's flagship Piccadilly Circus branch, vividly condemning the bank's coal financing with soot-stained smokestacks and coal-miner hard hats with a mock Barclays logo. The briefing examines [...]

July 2020
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Extinction Rebellion spoof Barclays advert, underline climate change death projections

Following Barclays’ online advert intended to reassure their customers during lockdown, Extinction Rebellion have produced a spoof version, highlighting the bank’s unenvironmental investments that Barclays tend to be quieter about. In a stark but substantiated comparison, the group compare the tragi [...]

July 2020

BlackRock and Barclays conspire to thwart climate action

At Barclays’ AGM on 7th May 2020, a resolution from ShareAction asking the bank to phase out financing for fossil fuels garnered 24% of shareholder votes, despite the bank’s formal recommendation not to support it, and BlackRock, one of Barclays’ top three shareholders, voting against it. A more lim [...]

May 2020
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Sevenfold rise in Barclays’ tar sands financing from 2018 to 2019

Following the 2019 Banking on Climate Change report, naming Barclays among the leading banks backing ExxonMobil, Teck Resources and Enbridge to expand tar sands production, but indicating a significant drop in its 2018 financing of the sector compared with previous years, the 2020 report shows a sev [...]

April 2020

Barclays’ JBS underwriting questioned in deforestation report

A comprehensive report by Amazon Watch on the destruction of the rainforest and assault on its indigenous peoples names JBS, the largest animal protein company in the world, among the most significant contributors to the country’s growing wave of illegal deforestation, which heavily outweighs lawful [...]

June 2019
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Exit from UK fracking for Barclays, silent on financing EOG et al for fracking elsewhere

Beset by protests and controversy in recent years, UK fracking has received another blow with Barclays announcing its withdrawal from the industry in the UK, nearly two years after committing to sell its holdings. While this may be welcomed by boycott campaigns that have drawn attention to the bank’ [...]

April 2019

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
...

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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Football sponsor wrecking the beautiful game: how Barclays is quietly ensuring pitches flood and players fry

A mock football match staged outside Barclays' flagship Piccadilly Circus branch has turned the floodlights on the bank's cynical exploitation of the beautiful game. Barclays proudly boasts of its status as Official Banking Partner of the Premier League and sponsorship of the FA Women's Super League [...]

September 2020
...

New climate science report denounces Barclays' continued fossil fuel financing

A new report covering the latest science on the climate and ecological crisis, Emergency on Planet Earth, denounces Barclays for continuing to pour billions into fossil fuels, driving up carbon emissions that will lead to devastating global heating if unchecked. The report highlights the absurdity o [...]

September 2020
...

Pressure mounts on Barclays as protests multiply

In the space of a week, 5 different Barclays branches spread across the UK have been subject to Extinction Rebellion protest actions, raising public awareness of the bank's funding of fossil fuels, so that customers and investors will move their money elsewhere, bringing more pressure on Barclays to [...]

August 2020
...

Barclays AGM lampooned in hint of things to come

Barclays' board attracted much criticism in advance of its 2020 AGM for strong-arming shareholders to support a largely toothless environmental resolution rather than the reasonable and effective one proposed by ShareAction. A new Extinction Rebellion spoof video offers a caustically satirical view [...]

August 2020
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Barclays-BP relationship under fire again

Hot on the heels of the appointment as Barclays non-executive director of Brian Gilvary, straight from his time as Chief Financial Officer of BP, the revolving door between the two companies now brings Tushar Morzaria, Barclays' finance chief, as a new non-executive director of BP. That there should [...]

August 2020
...

Powerful message from the future to Barclays

The ecocide crime scene staged by Extinction Rebellion (XR) outside Barclays headquarters in Canary Wharf underlined the dire consequences in the decades ahead of continued investment in fossil fuel extraction by Barclays. Addressing the future faced by young people today, Jess Maddison of XR Youth [...]

August 2020
...

New Beyond Coal briefing prompts bogus Barclays denials

The release of the 2020 Fool's Gold briefing from Europe Beyond Coal was accompanied by protesters outside Barclay's flagship Piccadilly Circus branch, vividly condemning the bank's coal financing with soot-stained smokestacks and coal-miner hard hats with a mock Barclays logo. The briefing examines [...]

July 2020
...

Extinction Rebellion spoof Barclays advert, underline climate change death projections

Following Barclays’ online advert intended to reassure their customers during lockdown, Extinction Rebellion have produced a spoof version, highlighting the bank’s unenvironmental investments that Barclays tend to be quieter about. In a stark but substantiated comparison, the group compare the tragi [...]

July 2020
...

BlackRock and Barclays conspire to thwart climate action

At Barclays’ AGM on 7th May 2020, a resolution from ShareAction asking the bank to phase out financing for fossil fuels garnered 24% of shareholder votes, despite the bank’s formal recommendation not to support it, and BlackRock, one of Barclays’ top three shareholders, voting against it. A more lim [...]

May 2020
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Sevenfold rise in Barclays’ tar sands financing from 2018 to 2019

Following the 2019 Banking on Climate Change report, naming Barclays among the leading banks backing ExxonMobil, Teck Resources and Enbridge to expand tar sands production, but indicating a significant drop in its 2018 financing of the sector compared with previous years, the 2020 report shows a sev [...]

April 2020
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Barclays’ JBS underwriting questioned in deforestation report

A comprehensive report by Amazon Watch on the destruction of the rainforest and assault on its indigenous peoples names JBS, the largest animal protein company in the world, among the most significant contributors to the country’s growing wave of illegal deforestation, which heavily outweighs lawful [...]

June 2019
...

Exit from UK fracking for Barclays, silent on financing EOG et al for fracking elsewhere

Beset by protests and controversy in recent years, UK fracking has received another blow with Barclays announcing its withdrawal from the industry in the UK, nearly two years after committing to sell its holdings. While this may be welcomed by boycott campaigns that have drawn attention to the bank’ [...]

April 2019
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