Stand up against big banks funding fossil fuels - Newcastle

Friday, March 20, 2020 - 08:00

March 20, 8am. 100 Beaumont St, Hamilton

On Friday morning, March 20, join customers, climate-impacted community members, parents and students at major bank branches across Australia and take a stand against funding fossil fuels alongside those shutting their accounts.

From fires to floods, each week Australians are facing another extreme weather disaster. While welcome rain extinguishes fires that have ravaged communities for months, thousands of people and properties are now inundated with flood water and are living without power.

This is climate change and we need to act now. That’s why Market Forces has got something big planned for the big banks, which are still funding dirty coal, oil and gas. Hundreds of customers and supporters in Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane, Wagga Wagga and Newcastle are getting ready for one big day of action where they will send a powerful message to the big banks by shutting their accounts.

Are you ready to divest or to come and support others shutting their accounts at Divestment Day 2020 on March 20?

We'll start at Westpac (100 Beaumont St) the bank that has sunk $4.7 billion into fossil fuels since committing to uphold the Paris climate agreement and the bank that is currently updating its climate change policy. Then we will head to the other big four branches around the corner, so that no matter what bank you are with, you can send a powerful message calling on the big four to stop lending to coal, oil and gas. Everyone is welcome to join in the action and support customers and impacted community members to have their voices heard!

Now is the time for Westpac and all the big banks to listen to their customers and to the communities bearing the brunt of the banks' massive lending to fossil fuels. Will you join in an action on the morning of Friday March 20?

It can’t wait another year. The time for divestment is now and the big banks must listen to their customers and the community who want them to stop funding fossil fuels.

Hope to see you there.