Climate protesters from as many as 60 countries have gathered in person and online for Fridays for Future, a movement created by the Swedish activist Greta Thunberg . Campaigners raised local issues alongside the globally co-ordinated campaign #cleanupStandardChartered, which calls on the London-headquartered Standard Chartered to divest from coal in emerging markets. Activist dives for global climate strike in first underwater protest for the planet – video The action follows a letter activists wrote last month to the Standard Chartered chief executive, Bill Winters, calling for the FTSE100 bank to stop funding coal. It said: “Standard Chartered is still one of the world’s largest coal-financing banks, fuelling the climate crisis. “Mr Winters, funding destruction, killing the planet, and contributing to the death of its inhabitants must stop.” Thunberg also tweeted a link to the campaign, claiming the bank had lent $24bn to coal, oil, and gas businesses since the Paris agreement on climate was signed in 2016. In the Philippines, where Standard Chartered is the biggest funder of the coal industry, activists stood outside the bank’s headquarters with banners and placards. Maths graduate and full-time activist Mitzi Jonelle Tan was part of a group that handed over a giant […]

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