Greenpeace does a bank job
Press release - 21 October, 2010
This morning at 8.15 am (EST) Greenpeace activists scaled ANZ’s Brisbane HQ at 324 Queen Street, hanging a giant banner displaying Australia’s dirtiest bank’s new logo: ‘ANZ: We pollute your world’
“Despite boasting to customers of its plans to be carbon neutral, ANZ is the biggest financer of pollution in Australia,” said Greenpeace Campaigner John Hepburn. “We’re here to tell ANZ that it’s time to put its money where its mouth is and stop financing dirty coal.”
A report released by Greenpeace last week reveals that while all four of Australia’s big banks are major financers of coal, ANZ is officially the dirtiest bank in Australia.
Over the past five years, ANZ has poured nearly $1.6 billion dollars into coal infrastructure and is the biggest financier of coal power stations and coalmines.
“With 12 new coal power stations in the pipeline – including several in Queensland – we are at a turning point,” said Hepburn. “ANZ is a key player in determining whether or not these are built. Unless ANZ commits to not financing new coal power, we risk locking in another 30 years of dirty polluting power for our kids to deal with.”
James Lorenz: 0400 376 021
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Greenpeace report: Pillars of Pollution: How Australia’s Big Four Banks are Propping Up Pollution