Eat, Act, Pray - November

They really want you to bank with them. Why? Because they know that once you’ve opened a bank account with them it’s unlikely you’ll go through the faff of changing anytime soon.

To the banks, you're an asset. They will fight over you. They’ll offer you all sorts of freebies like free railcards, discounts on Apple products, free Amazon Prime, cashback on your shopping, etc.

Just look at their adverts. Here’s a few of our favourite at the moment that will make you feel nice and warm inside.

How did they make you feel?

Do they make you trust their bank more?

Since the global financial crash in 2008, UK banks have been trying hard to persuade us that they’re our friends and that they’ve got our best interest at heart.

We’re not so sure that’s the case. This is what we reckon an honest bank advert would look like.

The burning of fossil fuels is causing climate change. It’s already affecting the lives of people around the world and yet we keep extracting it from the ground. Why? Because the UK banks are paying for companies to do it.

God entrusted us with the care of the earth, but somewhere along the line we handed that responsibility to the banks.

It’s time we took back control.

Talk it over

  • Do you have a bank account?
  • What would make you choose which bank to put your money in?
  • If you had a say in what your bank did with our money, what would you want them to use it for?
  • How does it make you feel to know that our banks are paying for new fossil fuel projects?

 

Act

First up, get your phones out and send the top 4 banks a tweet telling them that it’s not OK for them to be funding climate change.

We've written a few tweets you could use, or you can write your own!

Oi, @X, why would you STILL be investing in coal, oil and gas when renewables are the future! Get. On. It! #BigShift #itsmymoney

.@X You’re STILL investing in fossil fuels? When will this stop, please? #BigShift

.@X I trusted you with my money. Seems I was wrong if you can’t be responsible with it. Divestment from fossil fuels NOW! #BigShift

Why are you investing my money in fossil fuels @X? I want a bank who cares about the future of the planet please. #BigShift

Here’s their twitter accounts: Barclays, Lloyds, HSBC, RBS