The climate change activists descended upon the headquarters in Canary Wharf to draw attention to the bank’s links to the fossil fuel industry, according to the activists. They used hammers to break windows and paste sticks on walls before sitting down outside the building.
Extinction Rebellion said: “Despite HSBC’s pledge to shrink its carbon footprint to net zero by 2050, their current climate plan still allows the bank to finance coal power, and provides no basis to turn away clients or cancel contracts based on links to the fossil fuel industry.”
One activist Gully Bujak said it is “time to stand up and be counted”.
She said: “It’s time to stand up and be counted.
“Doing this today may land us in prison but we’re on the right side of history.”
This latest protest comes just two weeks after the climate change activists broke windows at the London headquarters of Barclays bank.
The protesters were seen carrying placards with slogans such as “Better Broken Windows than Broken Promises” and “In Case of Climate Emergency Break Glass”.
A Barclay’s spokesperson told City AM at the time: “Extinction Rebellion are entitled to their view on capitalism and climate change, but we would ask that in expressing that view they stop short of behaviour which involves criminal damage to our facilities and puts people’s safety at risk.
“We have made a commitment to align our entire financing portfolio to the goals of the Paris Agreement, with specific targets and transparent reporting, on the way to achieving our ambition to be a net zero bank by 2050, and help accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy.”
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