Climate activists are protesting Standard Chartered fossil fuels investment with more than 50 spoof adverts covering “hacked” billboards and bus stops in Liverpool.
The bank is one of the UK’s top five biggest financiers of the coal industry, according to Rainforest Action Network research, funnelling around £23bn into fossil fuels since the Paris Agreement to cut carbon emissions was struck in 2015.
Grassroots campaigners Brandalism said the bank’s sponsorship of Liverpool Football Club (LFC) is a “cynical distraction to divert global football fans from their lending to coal, oil and gas projects”.
The posters were installed by activists in the city, without permission from the local council, and call on the bank’s customers to “give Standard Chartered the red card”.
“Standard Chartered are using Liverpool Football Club to export their brand to a global market so people trust them, making it easier for them to invest in dangerous fossil fuel projects,” said one of the poster artists, who has chosen to go by the name “Fart Attack”, in a press release.
“The coal projects that Standard Chartered finance in Indonesia, for example, have displaced hundreds of people through flooding caused by deforestation and another coal plant is expected to cause [thousands of] premature deaths from air pollution.