“UK bank is funding the destruction of our home”: Indigenous campaigners join UK “Climate Camp” to target Royal Bank of Scotland in anti-Tar Sands action
Two indigenous representatives from Canada’s First Nations representing the North American based Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN), will be joining the Climate Camp in Edinburgh, Scotland this week . They are coming to team up with UK climate activists, to stop the Tar Sands development in Alberta, Canada and the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline in British Colombia.
The Camp for Climate Action is one of the biggest annual gatherings of climate activists in the UK. The Camp frequently hits the headlines by choosing iconic targets for direct action, which in the past have included Heathrow Airport and Kingsnorth coal-fired power station. This year the Camp is targeting the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), and plans to take direct action to shut down its global headquarters on Monday 23rd August. The bank has been singled out for its role in financing fossil fuel developments around the world – including the Canadian Tar Sands. In 2008, RBS was bailed out by the British government and is now more than 80% owned by the UK taxpayer.