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Town banks targeted by local climate change activists

Created on 21/11/2020 @ 14:50
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Banks in Newtown have been targeted by climate activists.

The HSBC and Barclays banks in the town centre had posters and stickers placed on them by local members of Extinction Rebellion.

Branches in Welshpool were also targeted.

They were protesting at "the banks’ funding of fossil fuels and biodiversity loss", as part of an action which took place across the UK.

XR Newtown and Welshpool spokesperson, David France, said: “These banks don’t advertise what they do with our money. Many lovely Powys locals are investing in deforestation, the arms trade and climate collapse without even realising it.

"That’s why our group decided to rebrand these banks with an honest reflection of the services they provide."

In May of this year, Barclays announced it would shrink its carbon footprint to net zero by 2050, a statement matched last month by HSBC.

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