Barclays urged to confront slavery and climate change

Today grassroots activists organized a socially distant protest at Barclays Bank’s offices in London demanding they take action not only on the climate crisis but their history supporting slavery.

 

The action was covered by Bloomberg Green which said:

 

Climate activist group Extinction Rebellion has called on Barclays Plc Chief Executive Officer Jes Staley to recognize the lender’s historic role in the slave trade and do more on climate change.

 

Barclays was yet to “fully disclose and apologize” for links to the 18th and 19th century trade, which has become topical amid Black Lives Matter protests in the U.K. and around the globe, according to the group. Protesters gathered outside the bank’s Canary Wharf headquarters on Monday holding banners that read ‘slavery’, ‘apartheid’ and ‘ecocide.’

 

“Barclays is presenting itself as a champion in the fight against modern-day slavery or people-trafficking — which papers over its gruesome legacy without acknowledging its past,” Extinction Rebellion said in a letter sent to Staley on Monday seen by Bloomberg.

 

Read the full article in Bloomberg Green.


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