Turn off the money pipeline to fossil fuels. Now.

Money is fuelling climate chaos. Climate justice means keeping fossil fuels in the ground. We need to stop new coal, oil, gas and fracking project

UK banks, investors and insurers are fuelling climate chaos by pumping billions of pounds into climate wrecking projects. Without that support, companies like Shell and BP, can’t fuel climate breakdown.

People around the world are rising up to demand that governments and corporations #DefundClimateChaos, pay Climate Reparations and fund a Global Just Transition

What’s happening?

People across the UK are rising up to demand that bankers, insurers and fund managers Defund Climate Chaos, pay Climate Reparations and fund a Global Just Transition.

Every Spring, the finance industry comes together to hold their Annual General Meetings - where they celebrate profits, approve bonuses and ignore taking action to stop climate chaos.

This year, we’re taking mass action to disrupt business as usual at their AGMs. You can join communities on the frontlines of climate breakdown to take action against UK’s biggest funders of fossil fuel projects.

“We will target you, we will regulate you, we will prosecute you, we will dismantle the economic systems and systems of power that you maintain, we will force you to make reparations for the climate crisis and extractivism that you continue to enable around the world.”

It’s past time to turn off the money pipeline to oil, coal and gas companies and for UK finance to start investing in climate justice and a safer future for us all.

AGM Actions

Actions will be happening across the UK this spring - sign up to find out more about taking action at Barclays, HSBC, Lloyd’s of London, Shell and Standard Chartered AGMs.

Or add your own local Barclays or Stop Insuring the Trans Mountain Pipeline action to the map.

People’s AGM

Hear from communities on the frontline of fossil fuel projects funded and insured by companies in the UK. Take action together and discus how we can make this AGM season one that focuses on climate justice rather than bumper bonuses.

UK Wide Actions

#BarcLIES (30 April - 4 May) - Take action outside your local Barclays branch to call out their Greenwash and demand they stop funding fossil fuel expansion.

#StopTMX (9 May - 13 May) - Stand in solidarity with Land Defenders resisting the Trans Mountain tar sands pipeline, by taking action on the street or online, to stop the project being insured through Lloyd’s of London.

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.

Join Us

Youth from communities on the frontlines of wildfires and floods, Land Defenders, trade unions, and local campaign groups, we are all joining together to transform the finance system.

Sign up below to join the Defund Climate Chaos coalition, either as a group (Grassroots, NGO, Union) or individual.

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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. 

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 join the coalition, you can add your support by filling this short form.

From mid-April and throughout May, expect a wide range of creative actions across the UK targetting the worst fossil fuels financiers. Together we’ll be laying the blame for the climate crisis squarely at their doorsteps. 

We will be targeting Barclays, HSBC, Lloyd’s of London, Standard Chartered and Shell. There are loads of actions you can join, or you can create your own locally. Together we’ll demand that the UK stops funding climate chaos immediately. 

Find or register an action

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.

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

There are lots of ways you can get involved without joining an action face to face - for many this may not yet be an option.  To contribute to #DefundClimateChaos remotely, we invite you to: