Gathering at the Student Union steps
Heading towards our local branch
Chit chat distraction
Hark! Who goes 'pon yonder roof?
Meanwhile the rest of the group ran off to speak to as members of the public
With flyers in hand...
Whilst this distraction ensued, tieing up security, a second group snuck round the back and climbed aboard the roof. From here they dropped banners advertising RBS’ fossil fuel investments and advertising the Union general meeting the following week.
Meanwhile the rapid information dessimination went ahead with everyone racing off to speak to as many people as they could in 20 minutes before returning back to the RBS branch to compare scores.
The Royal Bank of Scotland provided $16 billion for coal companies and exploration projects from May 2006 to April 2008. This has included some of the dirtiest and most dangerous oil and gas projects including the Baku-Ceyhan pipeline in Tiblisi, Georgia which has been criticised by Amnesty, WWF, and Friends of the Earth for its human rights and pollution impacts. The embedded emissions from RBS loans total more than those of the whole of Scotland.
Toby Brett, 19, Physics Student at Manchester University says; “We hope to send a clear message to RBS that if they continue with their irresponsible investments then they will not be welcome to rent branch space from our student union.”
This action was part of a wider national campaign calling for a boycott on RBS in September 2009.
Manchester People and Planet have previously staged a flashmob protest against RBS at a University recruitment event
And awarded RBS a spoof greenwash award at their regional headquarters in Deansgate.
For more detail on RBS’ climate crimes please visit:
Manchester People and Planet