Thunberg joins London monetary protest forward of local weather summit


LONDON, Oct 29 (Reuters) – Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg joined protesters in a noisy demonstration outside the London offices of Standard Chartered Bank on Friday to demand that financial institutions stop funding fossil fuel extraction.

The high-profile global climate protester made a brief appearance on the streets of the City of London, the financial hub of the British capital, home to some of the world’s largest banks and financial firms.

Posters at the demonstration read “Keep It In The Ground” and “Can You Breathe Money?”.

The 18-year-old was accompanied in the narrow streets of the British capital by around 20 international climate activists from countries such as Namibia, the Philippines and Samoa, who will travel with Thunberg to the United Nations climate summit, COP26 for short, in Glasgow.

[1/4] Climate activist Greta Thunberg attends a protest ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference in London, Britain, October 29, 2021. REUTERS/Tom Nicholson

Besieged by TV crews and photographers, she positioned herself alongside other young protesters before leaving shortly after.

Thunberg told the BBC in an interview they wanted the banks to “stop funding our destruction” because so many are still funneling money to companies like oil majors.

She recently called politicians “blah blah blah” for 30 years instead of taking action to curb global warming.

Activists should rally in other cities, including New York and Frankfurt, to argue that big financial institutions should stop pumping money into fossil fuel extraction.

Reporting by Victor Jack; Writing by Kate Holton Edited by William Schomberg

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