GLOBAL—As the world looks to Glasgow and COP26, new campaign group Bank.Green is seizing the moment with its “Swap for COP” campaign, encouraging bank customers to move their money away from banks that continue to finance fossil fuels on Nov. 15. 

The buildup to COP26 has seen the financing of fossil fuels by private-sector banks emerge as a key focus. Bank.Green’s mission is to accelerate awareness of this climate-destroying activity amongst bank account holders around the world. 

Running alongside the summit from Oct. 31 – Nov. 15, Swap for COP asserts that moving one’s money out of fossil banks is not only one of the simplest, but also one of the most impactful things that an individual can do to help mitigate the climate crisis. The goal of the campaign is to generate a swell of account closures on Nov. 15, sending a clear message to the banking industry to get out of fossil fuels. 

Bank.Green’s online bank-switching tool at https://bank.green/ streamlines the switching process for bank customers. Visitors can quickly and easily discover their bank’s climate record, find out how to challenge their own banks directly, explore sustainable alternatives, and be guided through the bank-switching process via resources and email reminders..

Since the Paris Agreement, the world’s 60 largest private-sector banks have poured $3.8 trillion into fossil fuel projects. As recently affirmed by the International Energy Agency, any further fossil fuel extraction is entirely incompatible with keeping global temperature rise under 1.5ºC and avoiding runaway climate chaos, yet most bank customers are not aware of their bank’s contribution to this. Eighty percent of Barclays and HSBC UK customers, for example, were unaware that their banks finance fossil fuel extraction, for example. 

“The net-zero pledges of major banks are in total opposition to their conduct,” says Zak Gottlieb, director and cofounder of Bank.Green “At a time when people are starting to make serious lifestyle changes to fight climate change, we believe that if more of them knew their own money was being used against their interests, there would be an exodus from fossil banks.”     

To coincide with COP26, Bank.Green’s Swap for COP will run Oct. 31 – Nov. 15 2021. Throughout which the campaign group will encourage and enable as many retail bank customers as possible to move their money to a sustainable bank by Nov. 15.

About Bank.Green:

Launched in April 2021, Bank.Green is a not-for-profit group of volunteers who are educating the public on the environmental destruction financed by the banking industry, while fostering an empowered community to take action. 

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SSNB's Media Event (report card to elected political parties in the 60th Legislature) will be rescheduled until late August/Early September (Before the Committee on Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability reconvenes).

MEDIA ADVISORY


Stop Spraying New Brunswick Inc. (SSNB) to hold an ON-LINE media conference

Thursday, July 29, 2021 at 1 p.m.

LOCATION: Petitcodiac Community Hub - The Vault, Petitcodiac, 31 Main Street . The media conference will be broadcast live on SSNB’s public Facebook group and we plan to send out a Zoom invite link for media to join on Thursday morning.

Speakers:
  • Dr. Caroline Lubbe-D’Arcy, Chair, SSNB
  • Donald Bowser, Vice-Chair, SSNB
  • Joël MacIntosh, Director, SSNB
  • Kimberly Copp, Director, SSNB

At the media conference, SSNB will issue a report card for the performance of the four political parties that were elected to the 60th NB Legislature in 2020, in response to a petition with 35,000 hand-written signatures to ban herbicide spraying on public land (crown forests, NB Power right of ways). SSNB will also report on progress of the SSNB pledge campaign, during which political candidates are asked to sign a pledge form to #StopSprayingNB. 




Media will be invited to ask questions following presentations from the speakers.

Contact persons: Kimberly Copp, Director cell (506)874-2226 or Dr. Caroline Lubbe-D’Arcy, Chair,SSNB 
(cell) (506) 292-7503

email: stopsprayinginnewbrunswick@gmail.com



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Photo: Aerial view of a forest north of Grande Prairie showing poplar dieback. Credit: Canadian Forest Service.

Canada's climate is changing rapidly and more severely than most regions on earth, and it is uncertain whether our trees will survive. See https://www.nrcan.gc.ca/climate-change/impacts-adaptations/climate-change-impacts-forests/forest-change-indicators/tree-mortality/17785 When the intrinsic metabolism engendering tree survival fitness becomes compromised, trees become more susceptible to insects and disease. Forest scientists have been quick to attribute rising mortality rates mostly to insects, but with present knowledge they can only speculate on the reasons for loss of resistance. Solid scientific answers to such questions cannot be provided, because the tree-science research has not been done.

Click here to read the full article on the rationale behind petition e-3353.

Click here to view and sign petition e-3353 which calls for the Government of Canada to:
  1. Create and fund the National Council of Tree Science Research within the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Canada;
  2. Provide funding and infrastructure support comparable to that presently provided to the Canada Space Agency; and
  3. Emphasize fundamental research to understand and ensure ongoing survival fitness in each of Canada's tree species and its native geographic provenances, and support the research of physiologists, histologists, cell biologists, molecular biologists, biochemists, biophysicists, and geneticists, in each research institution.
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