At 1 pm, around 20 people of a whole spectrum of ages and backgrounds met at Piccadilly Gardens for a shared reason: to raise awareness about the need to “connect the dots” between extreme weather and climate change, with a particular focus on the Albertan tar sands.
Complete with a huge grim reaper, passers-by were more than happy to stop and have a quick chat, have their picture taken and hear more about why we were there. After an hour at Piccadilly gardens, we headed down to the Royal Bank of Scotland headquarters on Deansgate. There, we held up a banner sending out a clear message that RBS (which has invested £5.6 billion in tar sands extraction since being bailed out by UK taxpayers in 2008) should “get our money out of bloody oil”. Here, we handed out leaflets focusing particularly on the role of RBS in tar sands funding, and finished off the demonstration by delivering a dirty, tar-stained dot under the doors of the bank’s headquarters. It was a great day, and a great collaboration between 350.org and International Stop the Tar Sands Day.