Por Guy Faulconbridge
LONDON, Apr 22 (Reuters) – Climate activists smashed at least 19 windows at HSBC’s headquarters in Canary Wharf, London’s financial district, as part of a protest against the bank’s alleged financing of climate change.
Activists from the Extinction Rebellion group used hammers to break glass and put stickers on windows before sitting down to wait for police to arrive, according to a Reuters reporter present on the ground.
“Although HSBC has committed to reducing its carbon footprint to zero by 2050, its current climate plan continues to allow the bank to finance coal power, and does not provide any basis for rejecting customers or canceling contracts. based on links to the fossil fuel industry, “Extinction Rebellion said.
An HSBC spokesperson declined to comment immediately.
Extinction Rebellion wants to unleash a broader revolt against the political, economic and social structures of the modern world to avoid the worst-case scenarios of devastation outlined by scientists studying climate change.
“It’s time to get up and be seen,” said Gully Bujak, 28, of Extinction Rebellion. “Doing this today may land us in jail, but we are on the right side of history.”
The activists referenced the struggle of the suffragettes, who used direct action to fight for the vote of women in the early 20th century.
The group smashed windows at Barclays’ London headquarters two weeks ago.
(Information from Guy Faulconbridge; edited by Kate Holton; translated by Tomás Cobos)