On Black Friday, a day that historically celebrates consumer power, local climate citizens will converge on the Central Street branch of Chase Bank to protest JPMorgan Chase’s investment of tens of billions of dollars on fossil fuels that are destroying the habitability of the planet.
Since the Paris Climate Agreement was signed, Chase, the nation’s largest bank, has invested $317 billion in fossil fuels, which was one-third more than the second worst fossil bank, according to Banking on Climate Chaos. While in the past year, the bank has made new climate commitments, it has continued to provide services to corporations involved in the fossil fuel industry and deforestation. Last year, Chase provided $51.3 billion in fossil fuel financing.
On Friday, November 26, Chase customers will deliver a letter to the bank branch manager, as well as sign a national letter to Chase CEO Jamie Dimon, urging the bank to get out of the business of climate chaos.
Local activists are expected to meet at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, November 26 at Independence Park, 2063 Central Street, and march to the bank at 1900 Central Street.
“While our state and local governments are taking steps to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions to combat climate change, the last thing we need is for our nation’s banks to side with fossil fuel interests and against the interests of the people,” said Catherine Buntin, of Chicago Area Peace Action, which is one of the event’s organizers.
In addition to Chicago Area Peace Action, other sponsor organizations of the event include Chicago Against Line 3, Extinction Rebellion Chicago, 350 Chicago and Save Our Illinois Lands (SOIL).