Published on November 15th, 2008 | by Alex Felsinger
Today: National Day of Action Against Coal-Funding Banks
Rainforest Action Network has declared yesterday and today, November 15th, as national days of protest against Citibank and Bank of America for their consistent support of the coal industry and its impact on global warming.
Yesterday people stretched “Global Warming Crime Scene” yellow tape across ATM’s in dozens of American cities to discourage bank customers from using the machines, and Ideally, to persuade people transfer their money to a different bank or credit union.
Some activists also plastered stickers onto ATM screens that give users such transaction choices as “Melt the Polar Icecaps” and “Destroy Community Water Supplies.”
The organization has provided a detailed fact sheet (.PDF format) about the impact banks have on the environment through their unquestioned funding of coal plant projects. According to the sheet, coal backers are pushing for 150 new coal plants. However, with the recent EPA ruling, they could have to go back to the drawing board.
Anyone can join today’s protests by adopting a branch in their neighborhood at www.dirtymoney.org.
Photo Credit: Rainforest Action Network