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Care about the climate? Move Your Money out of RBS/Natwest

Care about the climate? Move Your Money out of RBS/Natwest

Pinch and a punch, first day of the Move Your Money month! All over the country, people are cutting up their cash cards from the main big banks and shifting their cash to ethical banks, credit unions and building societies, as part of Move Your Money’s sustained campaign to get people to stop providing banks...
Getting to Market: Emerging Investor Risks in the Tar Sands

Getting to Market: Emerging Investor Risks in the Tar Sands

The global oil price wavers around $100 a barrel as traders are split over whether Brent Crude is about to plummet due to the Eurozone disaster getting worse, or about the spike due to a renewed Middle East crisis. It is snowing in Fort McKay, in Nothern Alberta, and the temperature of -6 feels like...

Fossil Fuel Finance – Divest/Invest

The climate transition changes everything. The next decade will require a wholesale recalibration of how our society and economy function. This creates opportunities to place democracy and social justice at the heart of our future political and economic structures. Platform data research and analysis shows that UK local government pensions are worth nearly £300 bn...

Cleaning up the Royal Bank of Scotland

A short video that was made in conjuntion with WDM-Scotland, FOE-Scotland and others about activities around the RBS AGM in Edinbugh in 2010.
A Bank for the Future: Maximising public investment in a low-carbon economy

A Bank for the Future: Maximising public investment in a low-carbon economy

The recent financial crisis cost the UK £129 billion in annual GDP and increased the structural deficit by £93 billion. The initial budget cuts announced by the coalition government demonstrate the pain this is causing to public services. The UK can't afford another meltdown, yet short term, high risk, carbon intensive investments are still business...

Should RBS get credit for going green?

CLIMATE change protesters are threatening direct action protests against the Royal Bank of Scotland over dealings with the oil industry. They say the bank invests more in the fossil fuel industry than any other in the UK and claim this is damaging the planet. The Government-owned bank, however, prides itself on its environmental record. The...
Cashing in on Tar Sands: RBS, UK banks and Canada's "blood oil"

Cashing in on Tar Sands: RBS, UK banks and Canada’s “blood oil”

Tar sands extraction in Canada is devastating Indigenous communities, wildlife and vast areas of boreal forests, as well as being many times more carbon-intensive to produce than ‘conventional’ oil. The higher oil prices in recent years have meant that it’s become a more attractive prospect for oil companies to expand their operations in the costly...

Royal Bank of Sustainability?

At the end of 2008, UK taxpayers became majority owners of the Royal Bank of Scotland, one of Britain’s largest banks. So, since we’ve paid for it, shouldn’t we have some say in how it is run? Kevin Smith, from the campaigning organisation Platform, puts the case – http://www.redpepper.org.uk/Royal-Bank-of-Sustainability/.   In the year since it was...
Towards a Royal Bank of Sustainability: protecting taxpayers' interests; cutting carbon risk

Towards a Royal Bank of Sustainability: protecting taxpayers’ interests; cutting carbon risk

This report has been commissioned by People & Planet, World Development Movement, Platform, Friends of the Earth Scotland, and BankTrack to investigate whether and how the Government should align its recent investment in the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) with social and environmental objectives, in particular to combat climate change. Although many of its recommendations...

Nationalised banks must go green

Environmental groups are suing the Treasury in an effort to ensure that RBS invests only in sustainable and ethical projects – This article was originally published at http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2009/jun/30/rbs-nationalised-banks-green.   Since the banking crisis last year, RBS has remained firmly in the public eye as the most controversial bank in the UK. Beyond the populist pillorying of Fred Goodwin’s...

The Oil and Gas Bank

The Royal Bank of Scotland has long ploughed money into fossil fuels – but now we own it, shouldn’t it stop? Kevin Smith looks at the campaign to get the bank to take responsibility for climate damage. First published at http://www.redpepper.org.uk/The-oil-and-gas-bank/ by Kevin Smith. One of the main causes of the current banking crisis has been the...

A green economy could be ours

The government should use its shareholder position in the newly recapitalised banks to push for proactive change from within – This article was first published at http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2008/nov/21/banking-crisis.     In early November, representatives from 20 different organisations from around the world gathered in Spain as part of the BankTrack network to lay out a response to the banking...