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Disrupt fossil finance: On Friday, activists from across Europe showed up outside the European Investment Bank (EIB) in Luxembourg to highlight the bank’s role in financing disruptive fossil fuel projects with public money. They sang and delivered messages from people fighting on the frontlines of EIB-funded fossil fuel projects. It’s just one of many recent actions to shut down fossil fuel finance. Read more
Tokyo, Japan: A local campaign urges G20 leaders to put the climate crisis at the top of their agenda. Photo: 350 Japan
G20 warm-up: Finance ministers from each of the world’s 20 largest economies met in Fukuoka, Japan over the weekend, ahead of the G20 summit in Osaka on June 24-29. Yet there was no genuine mention of tackling fossil finance. So people’s calls for Prime Minister Abe to lead by example and end coal finance are intensifying. Read more
Two protestors demand “Colombia say no to fracking” and “We want living rivers” in Bogotá. Photo: Cristina Juliana
‘No al fracking’: Across Colombia on Friday, over 100 cities and municipalities organized marches against fracking during the National Water Carnival. Extraction is threatening water and climate across Latin America. See more photos on Facebook
Photo: Outside Exxon’s shareholder meeting in Dallas, Texas. Photo: 350 Dallas
Make them Pay: Activists brought a 100-foot hand-painted banner to Exxon’s shareholder meeting in Dallas, to remind executives that they’re accountable for destroying communities across Texas and beyond. They’re demanding the oil giant pay for the damage. More
People in East Java demand justice for victims of a 2006 drilling failure. Photo: Gastivists
This is not a drill: May 29 marked 13 years since the Sidoarjo gas disaster, where a drilling failure in Indonesia displaced tens of thousands of people. Many are still awaiting compensation. But the company responsible, Lapindo Brantas, just got new permits to drill again in the same area. Local campaigners are working with people targeting the project investors in Europe, to make sure they can’t go ahead: Read more
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On 30 May, people in South Africa call on shareholders to pass a climate resolution. Photo: Dean Daleski
Full disclosure: In South Africa, Standard Bank shareholders defied management and voted to pass a resolution obligating the bank to disclose information on its coal investments and put forward a new policy to limit climate change. It’s the first time we’ve seen a climate shareholder resolution pass for any listed company. More
Divestment: The University of Quebec at Montreal committed to end all investments in fossil fuels. Wadham College in the UK dropped coal and tar sands investments, but are still clinging to oil and gas.
And it’s not just universities. Charlottesville city council dropped funding to arms and fossil fuels, and inner Sydney’s west council reports it’s now fully divested, after successfully moving $100 million in a 3-year process.
One to Watch
This new, 1-minute video explains the link between Japan’s financial institutions and the adverse impacts of dirty energy projects they’re funding. Watch
The Inside Story
“We were raised believing the sea would always sustain us, only to now be confronted by the fact that it could one day swallow us.”
Friday was World Ocean’s Day, with the theme “gender and the ocean.” It’s an opportunity to honor the complex and inspiring roles women play in ocean spaces. This blog takes a look, and lifts up the work of some amazing women climate activists from the Pacific. Read
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