Activists around the world are delivering petitions signed by more than 400,000 people, from 138 countries, calling on 12 banks, including Credit Suisse, BBVA, and Barclays, to immediately end their financial relationships with tar sands pipelines projects and related pipeline companies including Energy Transfer, the company behind the controversial Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL).
Today, Greenpeace Spain activists in Madrid and Greenpeace Mexico activists in Mexico City, delivered petitions to BBVA a bank that continues to fund Energy Transfer and continues to be a part of the DAPL project loan.
Over the last week, petitions were also delivered to Credit Suisse by Greenpeace Italy activists in Rome, Greenpeace USA activists in New York City and Greenpeace Canada activists in Toronto, on 6 and 7 November.
Greenpeace Switzerland activists delivered petition signatures to Credit Suisse headquarters in Zurich on 6 November. The activists spent 10 hours at the bank where they hand wrote the names of the petition signatures on boards placed outside the bank.
Greenpeace UK activists held a day of action where 28 local groups visited 30 Barclays branches demanding change on 3 November.
“The world’s leading scientists have sounded the alarm, warning that we must cut emissions from fossil fuels by half in the next 10 years if we are to avoid climate catastrophe. There’s still time to keep global warming below 1.5 degrees if we take urgent action to phase out fossil fuels and begin a transition to a renewable energy future that is fair and just,” Latimer continued.
Credit Suisse finances, among other companies, Energy Transfer, which has hinted at its plans to expand the Dakota Access pipeline. It also provides funding to TransCanada Corporation and Enbridge, which plan to build tar sands pipeline projects Keystone XL and the Line 3 Expansion in Canada and the U.S. Such infrastructure would ensure the expansion of climate-wrecking tar sands operations.
The 12 banks include:
Credit Suisse (Switzerland), Barclays (UK), JP Morgan Chase (US), Toronto Dominion (Canada), Royal Bank of Canada (Canada), Citibank (US), Deutsche Bank (Germany), Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi (Japan), Crédit Agricole (France), Wells Fargo (USA), BBVA (USA, Spain, Mexico), Mizuho (Japan).
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Leola Abraham, Global Communications Lead, Greenpeace USA: +1 (202) 413 8930, [email protected]
Greenpeace International Press Desk: +31 (0) 20 718 2470, [email protected] (available 24 hours)