Environmental activists campaign against bank’s fossil fuel involvement outside Joondalup Commonwealth Bank branch

Greenpeace member Natalie Joyce and other volunteers collected signatures for a petition against the Commonwealth Bank. Picture: Martin Kennealey d469896
Greenpeace volunteers collected signatures for a petition against the Commonwealth Bank. Picture: Martin Kennealey d469896
Greenpeace member Natalie Joyce and other volunteers collected signatures for a petition against the Commonwealth Bank. Picture: Martin Kennealey d469896 Greenpeace volunteers collected signatures for a petition against the Commonwealth Bank. Picture: Martin Kennealey d469896

ENVIRONMENTAL activists campaigned outside a Joondalup bank on Friday against its investments in fossil fuels projects.

Twelve volunteers spent the morning outside Commonwealth Bank in the Joondalup CBD collecting signatures for a petition urging the bank to stop lending funds to coal projects and to support the renewable energy industry instead.

Connolly resident Natalie Joyce organised the event on behalf of Greenpeace and said they collected 71 signatures.

“If we’re to have any chance of stopping the worst effects of global warming, banks like CommBank have to stop financing fossil fuels,” she said.

“I am putting CommBank on notice. Either the bank changes its investment policy or I will pull my hard-earned savings out and switch to a more ethical bank.”

A spokesman for the bank said it believed people had the right to express their views peacefully and in compliance with the law.

“As a major bank we support nearly every sector in the economy,” he said. “Strict environmental, social and governance standards are incorporated into our business- lending decisions and we will only fund projects that meet these standards.”

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