On Saturday 19 March, Yarra Climate Action Now volunteers spent several hours leafletting the customers of the Bourke Street Mall and Collingwood branches of ANZ bank, as part of the Greenpeace Dirty Banks campaign. We were there to let people know that for every dollar ANZ invests in renewable energy, they invest $6.40 in global warming-causing coal energy.
Despite their greenwash, ANZ is one of the major financiers of coal infrastructure in Australia, and thereby a facilitator of increasing greenhouse gas emissions and the impacts of climate change.
Our material was well received, with lots of people stopping to chat and the Bourke Street Mall team running out of flyers a good half hour before the bank branch was due to close!
Our message to ANZ is clear. Stop pretending to care about your customers while undermining their wellbeing with your investments. Stop investing in fossil fuels, stop facilitating the destruction of our economy and ecology. It’s time to invest in a zero emissions future.