Countdown to 29 October:

Turn off the money pipeline to fossil fuels. Now.

UK banks, investors and insurers are fuelling climate chaos by pumping billions of pounds into fossil fuels each year.

On October 29th, ahead of UN climate talks, groups around the world are rising up to demand that governments and corporations #DefundClimateChaos.

What’s happening?

On October 29, the youth climate movement is rising up to demand that bankers, insurers and fund managers Defund Climate Chaos.

Just before the Glasgow climate talks, join communities on the frontlines of climate breakdown in laying climate justice memorials outside the UK’s biggest funders of fossil fuel projects.

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.

Actions

This is the timeline of actions on the 29th October:

9 AM
Lloyd's of London HQ, 1 Lime St, London
10 AM
Clydeside Amphitheatre, Broomielaw, Glasgow
10 30 AM
Macquarie Capital, 28 Ropemaker street, London
12 PM
Standard Chartered Bank, 1 Basinghall Avenue, London
12 30 PM
Outside Barclays Bank, 207-208 Queens Road, , Hastings
15 PM
Rotterdam House, 116 Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne
15 PM
Barclays HQ, 1 Churchill Place, Cabot Square, Canary Wharf, London
17 30 PM
Bank of England, Threadneedle St, , 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.

Resources

Here are all the resources you’ll need to join or organise an action of your own to #DefundClimateChaos on October 29 (and beyond!):

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

Template letter to hand out to and engage with workers impacted by your action respectfully…

A guide to the global day of action demands, messaging, visuals and tactics, full of…

Organising principles for all groups taking part in this day of action on October 29…

A better world is paintable: How to bring people together to create protest art and…

Watch the first part of our training with street artist David Solni

At 6pm from Friday 29th October until the end of the Glasgow climate talks, thousands of people around the country will light a lantern for climate justice. Here’s how to make your own and join us.

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

Some messaging tips from NEON about how to frame and message your demonstration, especially during…

Coming soon - adapt this template to share your action plans with local and national…

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

Content and graphics to help spread the word about #DefundClimateChaos

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Find an event on the map to attend near you or sign up to host your own event.

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Some frequently asked questions and answers

Throughout the day, expect a wide range of flagship creative actions in the City of London and globally targetting the worst fossil fuels financiers. Together we’ll be laying the blame for the climate crisis squarely at the doorsteps. 

As dusk draws in, everyone is invited to regroup and join us outside the Bank of England to co-create a powerful National Climate Justice Memorial to our loved ones who are fighting against rising floods, wildfires and superstorms.

Together we’ll demand that the UK stops funding climate chaos immediately. Expect a powerful memorial vigil full of lights, speakers and ceremonies led by frontline communities from the Pacific and elsewhere.

Find or register an action

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: 

  • Submit a message and personal photo for the National Climate Memorial and Vigil at the Bank of England.  Share on social media using both #DefundClimateChaos and #ClimateMemorial to add these to projections at the flagship action in London. Submit here (link coming soon)
  • Create a small climate memorial of your own - in your window, street, front garden, local park or workplace. Join the vigil at 6pm by lighting a climate lantern on 29 October.
  • Tune into the livestream on this page to hear speakers and watch the ceremony. 
  • Get involved locally - the local groups taking part on October 29 are always looking for active new members - and there’s always plenty to do behind the scenes from home, especially during a big action day!  Contact the organisers of your nearest action via the map.

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.

As October 29 rises over the Pacific and Australia, frontline communities fighting against sea level rise and coal expansion will kick off this global day of action with traditional sunrise ceremonies. Thousands of people - young and old - will line up outside bank branches and other targets to ask their banks to stop funding fossil fuels like the Adani coal mine. . 

Throughout the day, with queue-ins, teach-ins, giant street murals and climate memorials, thousands more will join them on the streets across Asia, Europe and North America to highlight the destructive influence of fossil financing giants on our communities. 

On the day this website will provide live coverage from actions around the world.  Follow #DefundClimateChaos and share your own story with others worldwide and amplify their voices.

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.