There’s always a danger when people engage in direct action that the subsequent debate focuses on their methods rather than on the issues they seek to raise.
I don’t propose to do that. Instead of worrying about a few broken windows that HSBC can easily afford to replace, I’m going to look at the reasons why a group of women from Extinction Rebellion and the political party Burning Pink felt that they had to act.
Like many big businesses, HSBC has made a very big fuss about its newfound commitment to the climate. This includes a “net zero” by 2050 “ambition”. There’s a pretty picture of a forest on the part of the website where it is explained.
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