#DefundClimateChaos

October 29th was the largest day of action against fossil finance in history. Throughout the day, people rose up in their thousands around the world outside major banks, investors and insurers fuelling climate chaos.

Here in the UK, we remember, we resist and we rise with all those on the frontlines of the climate crisis who seek justice. Join us.

October 29th was historic - and it was only the beginning of a movement rising around the world to Defund Climate Chaos together.

Watch this powerful climate memorial outside the Bank of England when Pacific islanders called out the banks, insurers and fund managers and demanded climate justice for their frontline communities.

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Join the movement

The day of action is over but our movement has so much more to do. Join us and get involved in collective organising to ensure that bankers, insurers and fund managers Defund Climate Chaos.

Add your tribute

Add your tribute to the National Climate Memorial today, and and see it appear below on the map!

Why?

With enough people power, we can force financiers to defund climate chaos. Join us.

The climate crisis means “code red for humanity”. We see the reality raging around us with floods, wildfires and storms every day.

Yet whilst the planet literally burns, the UK’s biggest financiers keep pouring billions of pounds each year into fuelling the fire. Barclays, HSBC, Lloyds of London to name just a few - they still fund fossil fuels.

Climate justice demands that we harness our people power to shut off the money pipeline to oil, coal and gas immediately.

Resources

Want to keep organising to #DefundClimateChaos beyond today. Here’s all the resources you’ll need to keep taking action throughout COP26 and beyond

A step-by-step guide for planning a climate memorial to demand big finance #DefundClimateChaos ahead of…

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Unifying logo, colours, fonts and graphic elements to connect our actions together globally

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Content and graphics to help spread the word about #DefundClimateChaos

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Some frequently asked questions and answers

Banks, insurance companies and investors must immediately stop financing any new fossil fuels. That’s the very minimum needed now to limit the worst impacts of climate breakdown as highlighted in the latest IPCC report. 

The UK government has the power to regulate the UK’s financial sector - yet despite the scale of crises we face,  no one is forcing banks and investors to stop funding fossil fuel companies. They’re not legally required to align their activities with the UK or global climate commitments. So they keep pumping billions of pounds each year into fuelling the climate crisis, all in the name of profit..

Just like oil and gas companies, financiers like Barclays, HSBC, Lloyds, Standard Chartered, Blackrock and Vanguard are a high carbon industry responsible for financing more pollution than even Germany or Canada.  However, they’re not legally required to align their activities with the UK or global climate commitments. 

Banks and investors are doing as little on climate action as they think they can get away with. After years of promises and pledges, they’re still investing hundreds of billions of pounds every single year in making the climate crisis worse, all in the name of profit.

So they need to be pushed through strong new laws to freeze any new fossil financing and instead marshall their huge financial power behind a just transition and bold climate action. 

Public memorials can be a powerful way to help people see and feel the urgency of the climate crisis that surrounds us daily now. In this moment, we all need spaces to share our grief, anxiety, rage, memories and our care and solidarity for others. 

Climate Justice Memorials can allow people to come together to bring to life the stories and memories of communities harmed by the injustices of the climate crisis. By joining our individual tributes together we can memorialise the direct links between UK finance and the real people facing extreme and destructive weather. 

Chalking, painted tributes on stones, hand prints, hearts, posters, window displays, portrait photographs, candles, flowers, murals, street art, speeches and memorial services - all of these could be a part of a climate memorial held at the doorstep of the worst UK banks and investors funding climate chaos.

Read the Climate Memorial Action Guide to organise your own

Defund Climate Chaos is a joint mobilisation by a wide coalition of groups all around the world calling for an immediate end to fossil fuel financing

You can view all the UK Defund Climate Chaos partners on our Partners page. And if your group would like to support the call to action on October 29th and take part you can add your support by filling this short form.

Extracting more oil, coal and gas to build more fossil-fuelled infrastructure is madness. New oil wells, airports and roads built now will lock us into decades more future pollution that breach our communities and planet’s safe limits.

Imagine instead a government that regulated UK finance and invested billions not on making pollution and inequality worse but on a just transition that put justice, people and planet first.

We need to regulate UK finance to defund climate chaos and invest in win-win infrastructure solutions for communities.

Everyone deserves access to a healthy environment, dignified jobs, safe housing, renewable energy (from the sun, sea and wind), free public transport, universal healthcare, education and green spaces.

The Defund Climate Chaos global day of action takes place a few days before the UN climate talks, COP26, open in Glasgow.   It runs from Monday 1 November – Friday 12 November 2021. 

Mass rallies and marches coordinated by the COP26 coalition will take place on the middle weekend of COP26, on 6 November.  The Friday before COP starts, we want to send a clear message that UK finance and climate leadership has a key role to play in helping the world meet or fail at keeping the world under 1.5C of heating. 

Defund Climate Chaos is a joint global day of action that focuses on bringing the voices and demands of the Most Affected People and Areas directly to key UK financial institutions and regulators.  We hope to ramp up pressure on them to force public commitments to immediate and bold action to defund climate chaos during COP26. 

This is part of a wide range of accessible people-powered actions all building momentum together at this pivotal moment for UK climate leadership and climate justice around the world.

Partners

This day of action is supported by a number of UK groups. We are working closely with allied networks all around the world as part of the Defund Climate Chaos global day of action.