This week, a Grandmother and member of Christian Climate Action, Sandie Stratford, carried out a protest at Barclays Bank on Lincoln High Street, along with 4 other members of Extinction Rebellion. The 5 individuals chained themselves inside the branch and a large banner was unveiled reading “Warning! Barclays – Killing Our Future”.
At the shop front, each woman held up different signs highlighting their cause, with some stating “I am here for my grandchildren” and others detailing statistics of Barclays’ funding in fossil fuel extraction.
A large crowd gathered as police tried to calm down the scene, bringing three riot vans before eventually arresting the members and putting them in the back of police vehicles to take them away.
Barclays is the biggest fossil fuel investor in Europe and the 7th largest in the world since the Paris agreement.
Local activist Catherine, 35, explains “All the science is telling us that we must stop extracting fossil fuels now if we want to stand a chance of meeting our climate targets, but as long as companies like Barclays are still investing and making them a lucrative opportunity then there is little incentive.
“This is a critical decade for securing a liveable, equitable and sustainable future, we must Act Now.”
If you’d like to read the testimony about her arrest that Sandie read out in her church service a copy is linked in the comments.