Today Westpac customers queued at the Wellington Cuba street Westpac branch, forming a continuous line and symbolically withdrawing a dollar to send Westpac a simple message: Westpac customers do not want their money financing climate change.
Participants were quickly forced to leave by Westpac staff despite being Westpac’s own customers.
“New Zealanders have sent more than 1300 letters to Westpac over the past few weeks. Westpac’s response so far has been that they won’t stop financing and that their climate change policies mean supporting a transition to a low-carbon future. A transition means seeing out existing mines, not opening 5 new ones as Bathurst plans to do,” said 350 spokesperson Ashlee Gross.
“So we’re here today to tell Westpac that if they stall on taking action on climate change, we’ll stall their business.”
“Westpac claims that sustainability is at the heart of their culture. Westpac needs to prove that their sustainability and climate change policies are more than greenwash,” said Coal Action Network Aotearoa spokesperson Tim Jones
“If Westpac continue to ignore their customers the next step for many will be to switch banks.”