HSBC and J.P.Morgan Chase: Stop funding climate pollution. I have a right to breathe!

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Big banks like HSBC and J.P.Morgan Chase are bankrolling projects that are polluting our air and destroying our planet - all for their own profit. I need your help to stop them.

My name is Julia. I live in Johannesburg, South Africa, in the shadow of the most polluting group of coal-fired power stations in the world. This year the dirty air caught up with me - I had breathing problems and sinus infections that led to life-threatening meningitis. After a hospital stay and months of recovery, I feel lucky just to be alive. But I still breathe in this pollution every day.

Eskom, South Africa’s national power company, are in the middle of  building their most polluting plant yet (called Kusile). It is set to be one of the biggest industrial sources of climate killing gases and will make our air even more unbreathable.  This polluting monster is only able to be built because big private banks like HSBC and J.P.Morgan Chase are funding it and investing in Eskom.

It turns out that what these banks are doing in South Africa isn’t unique either, I’ve spoken to communities in Vietnam, Indonesia and Bangladesh who say they are funding air polluting projects there too. Bankers are selling off our right to clean air all around the world and we need to start taking a stand. 

I know big banks are sensitive to public opinion and global pressure. In South Africa we’ve been trying to force HSBC and J.P.Morgan Chase to change - but these are international companies and it is going to take international pressure to put a stop to this. 

All I want is to be able to breathe without worrying that the air is going to kill me. I need your help to stop bankers from getting rich off of dirty air and climate pollution. There is no reason they shouldn’t be funding clean, renewable energy projects instead.

So please join me in calling on HSBC and J.P.Morgan Chase to stop funding  Kusile and Eskom’s other polluting plants. Fund our future -- use your money to fund clean air and a safe climate.