Fossil fuel protests
01 April, 2021
• AT first glance it might appear difficult to work out what the Okavango delta in Namibia, Santiago in Chile and Upper Street in Islington have in common.
The answer is they are all, to one degree or another, places where the lives of their inhabitants are at particular threat from the extraction and use of fossil fuels.
In Namibia one of the world’s most fertile and wildlife-rich river deltas is currently being “explored” by oil and gas companies.
In Chile a far right government is cracking down on protest and activism as pollution and toxic air reach record levels.
Here in Islington, despite the recent verdict in an inquest into the death of nine-year-old Ella Kissi-Debrah that found air pollution to be a direct contributor, Ocado are still pressing ahead with their application to build a distribution depot next to a primary school.
This is why this week there was a global action taking place around the world focusing attention on the people who fund fossil fuel extraction, and in doing so are profiteering from actions that threaten the lives of all us.
One of the largest of these in Europe is Barclays Bank. Money Rebellion were joined outside Barclays in Upper Street this week by members of Islington XR to draw attention to Barclays’ involvement in this industry, to ask customers why they choose to bank there, and to demand that the Sadler’s Wells theatre company in Rosebery Avenue stop promoting Barclays Bank through the acceptance of their sponsorship.
If readers of the Tribune would like to learn more about Money Rebellion and our campaign demanding that Barclays “Repair the Harm” then please visit https://extinctionrebellion.uk/act-now/resources/money-rebellion/ for more information.