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Extinction Rebellion protesters stage demonstration in Inverness city centre


By Val Sweeney

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Extinction Rebellion, Clean Up Your Act campaign..Protesters target Barclays Bank..Red Rebel...Picture: Gary Anthony..
Extinction Rebellion, Clean Up Your Act campaign..Protesters target Barclays Bank..Red Rebel...Picture: Gary Anthony..

Campaigners took to the streets of Inverness city centre today to call on leading banks to clean up their act.

Extinction Rebellion protesters, including the Red Rebels, directed their message at Barclays, HSBC and Santander, calling on them to stop funding fossil fuel extraction and production and to increase investment in sustainable renewable energy.

They also wanted to encourage the public to switch their bank accounts, pensions and utility bills to greener alternatives.

Extinction Rebellion protesters at Barclays Bank. Picture: Gary Anthony
Extinction Rebellion protesters at Barclays Bank. Picture: Gary Anthony

Gary Jack, of the Extinction Rebellion Highlands and Islands group, said: "These financial institutions outlast governments and let small unrepresentative groups make huge decisions for us and the planet.

"Without funds from the banks, the climate-destroying activities of corporations like BP and Shell are not possible.

"Therefore, it is down to us to ensure our banks divest from fossil fuels and if they don't, then bank with ethical banks that do."

Simon MacLardie, of Inverness, said: "Looking at the science, it is absolutely clear that fossil fuels are at the heart of the climate and ecological emergency we’re facing.

"For these High Street banks to continue to profit from the industries that are quite literally causing climate breakdown is not only shameful but ludicrous."

Today's protest followed another gathering by Extinction Rebellion supporters on Ness Bridge on Friday .

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