Christian Aid's climate campaign

Climate change is already having a devastating impact on some of the poorest communities. That’s why Christian Aid works for a world where energy comes from clean, safe and renewable sources, and is available to everyone. In 2016 we launched The Big Shift, our campaign to get private finance – money invested by the biggest banks – out of fossil fuels and into clean energy. Together, we targeted the four biggest high street banks in the UK – Lloyds, RBS, Barclays and HSBC. Because of your actions as part of the campaign we’ve seen all four banks take some steps forward. 

There’s been some great progress, including Lloyds and RBS pulling out of coal altogether and HSBC committing to invest $100billion in green energy by 2025. 

All of this is a good start, but the big banks are not making the Big Shift as fully or as quickly as the world’s most vulnerable communities need. Now, we’re refocusing our efforts and attention on HSBC – one of the biggest and most influential banks in the world. 

HSBC claims to be a climate leader. But it is still willing to fund coal – the dirtiest fossil fuel – in Vietnam, Bangladesh and Indonesia: three countries incredibly vulnerable to the effects of a changing climate. 

Tell them it’s time to stop funding coal for good. 

Our progress in the campaign so far means that we know reaching them at the local branch level is what gets our message noticed. Now we’re asking for your help to deliver this important message. 

We want to flood HSBC es across the UK with messages of support for the Big Shift. In Lent 2019 we are aiming to visit as many branches as possible to hand-deliver messages to HSBC - to get private finance out of fossil fuels. Our aim to visit every branch means that whatever you do, you’ll be part of a country-wide movement to get the Big Shift noticed. 

We want every branch to hear from us locally. That might mean simply hand-delivering a card or letter which calls on HSBC to make the Big Shift out of fossil fuels and into renewable energy, or do something that gets noticed by passers-by, the local press, other customers in branch, or – ideally – all three! 

We believe that we are called to put our faith into action by loving our neighbours and caring for the earth, our common home. What can you do this Lent to support your global neighbours? For more information about how you can get involved, check out Christian Aid’s website here or contact