November 5, 2021
From Extinction Rebellion (UK)
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  • Sixth protest by Doctors for Extinction Rebellion against JP Morgan Chase in 2 months
  • Fourth protest outside JP Morgan by climate groups during COP26
  • 40 doctors, nurses, midwives and allied health professionals protest against the world’s
    biggest fossil fuel financier for driving the public health crisis arising from climate and
    ecological breakdown
  • Following this they will support the Climate Strike march led by Fridays for Future

At 9am this morning, Doctors for Extinction Rebellion staged a ‘die in’ outside JP Morgan
on Waterloo Street, Glasgow, whilst holding banners that say ‘Cause of Death: Fossil Fuel
Finance’ and ‘JP Morgan: World’s leading investor in fossil fuels’.

They read out a letter to CEO Jamie Dimon calling for JP Morgan Chase [1] to refuse
finance to companies who continue to plan new fossil fuel projects and to align with the
‘Net Zero by 2050’ framework produced by the International Energy Agency. Then they will
join the Climate Strike march led by Fridays for Future at 11am nearby.

This is the sixth time the group have protested at JP Morgan in the past 2 months, 5 at
Canary Wharf where 2 were arrested in September [2], and now in Glasgow. Their
campaign is ongoing until JPMorgan meet the demands of their letter. This is also the 4th
time that protests have occurred outside JP Morgan in Scotland since the start of COP26.

Charlotte Cameron, a registered midwife from Aberdeen, said: “Rising temperatures are
already contributing to increased rates of preterm birth and stillbirth. Babies are being born
into extreme-weather induced famine, facing malnutrition and death. This isn’t some far off
future, it is happening in Madagascar. If we don’t stop burning fossil fuels, vulnerable
regions will increasingly suffer a similar fate. How many more babies are going to
needlessly die while companies like JP Morgan prioritise profit?”

Dr Christianne Guillotte, a GP trainee from London, said: “It is becoming increasingly
difficult to reconcile spending time treating individual patients whilst the climate crisis,
which will profoundly impact every child born today, progresses almost unchecked. I have
a duty of care to protect my patients, and as have to speak up against banks like JP
Morgan who are amplifying the damage.”

Dr Daniel Fitzgerald, a medical doctor from North Fife, said: “We will not reach safe
temperature limits if we continue the slow incremental change displayed by JP Morgan.
Even though, at a late stage, they joined the Net Zero Banking Alliance, they still finance
new fossil fuel projects. It is vital for our health that companies like JPMorgan take their fair
share of responsibility for the climate crisis, rather than waiting for others to do so in the
name of ‘pragmatism”

Notes to editors

[1]. Letter to Jamie Dimon, Chairman of JP Morgan Doctors for XR, September 2021: https://www.doctorsforxr.com/letter-to-jp-morgan

[2]. ’It’s my duty as a doctor’: Extinction Rebellion medics glued to bank demand end of
fossil fuel investment. September 2021

About Doctors for Extinction Rebellion

Doctors for Extinction Rebellion is a health professional collective who, appreciating that
climate change is an impending public health catastrophe, have decided to support and
undertake civil disobedience with Extinction Rebellion worldwide. We are doctors, nurses,
occupational therapists, physiotherapists, paramedics, midwives and other allied health
professionals.

JP Morgan Glasgow employs around 2,000 technologists, and provides software
development facilities to the firm and its clients.

Doctors for Extinction Rebellion is supported by:

a. Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus – Director General of the WHO
https://www.doctorsforxr.com/news/who
b. Dr Richard Horton, Editor in chief of the Lancet
https://www.doctorsforxr.com/news/editor-of-the-lancet-states-healthcareprofessionals-obliged-to-protest

Other protests by Doctors XR at JP Morgan at Canary Wharf, London

a. September 28th: https://twitter.com/DoctorsXr/status/1442867591727484931?s=20
b. October 18th: https://twitter.com/DoctorsXr/status/1450090032530866178?s=20
c. October 29th: https://twitter.com/DoctorsXr/status/1454090769061629957?s=20
d. November 1st: https://twitter.com/DoctorsXr/status/1455136884586434567?s=20
e. November 4th: https://twitter.com/DoctorsXr/status/1456296889884753922?s=20

Protests at JP Morgan in Scotland by other XR groups during COP26:

a. Protests at JP Morgan on Waterloo Street on November 2nd
b. Protests at JP Morgan in Edinburgh on November 2nd
c. Protests at JP Morgan in Glasgow on November 3rd

Some of the health professionals attending:

Dr Thom Daniels, Respiratory Consultant/Clinical Lead for Environmental Sustainability
Dr Maria Rivas, Public Health Consultant
Dr Alice Clack, Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Dr Christianne Guillote, General Practitioner Trainee
Dr Patrick Hart, General Practitioner
Dr Daniel Fitzgerald, Medical Doctor
Adele Stanton, Occupational Therapist
Dr Clifford Kendall, Medical Doctor
Dr Juliette Brown, Psychiatrist
Jo Hindley, Registered Midwife
Dr Helen Angel, General Practitioner
Charlotte Cameron, Registered Midwife
Gayle Clay, BEM, Retired Nurse
Dr Rita Issa, General Practitioner
Dr Angie Nicholas, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
Dr Mark Russel, Medical Doctor
Sarah Yapp, Social Prescriber
Mairi Spanswick, Clinical Psychologist

ABOUT EXTINCTION REBELLION

Time has almost entirely run out to address the ecological crisis which is upon us, including the 6th mass species extinction, global pollution, and increasingly rapid climate change. If urgent and radical action isn’t taken, we’re heading towards 4˚C warming, and the societal collapse and mass loss of life that that implies. The younger generation, racially marginalised communities and the Global South are on the front-line. No-one will escape the devastating impacts.

Extinction Rebellion believes it is a citizen’s duty to rebel, using peaceful civil disobedience, when faced with criminal inactivity by their Government.

Extinction Rebellion’s key demands are:

  1. Government must tell the truth by declaring a climate and ecological emergency, working with other institutions to communicate the urgency for change.
  2. Government must act now to halt biodiversity loss and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2025.
  3. Government must create and be led by the decisions of a Citizens’ Assembly on climate and ecological justice.

Links:
What Emergency? | Extinction Rebellion in Numbers |This Is Not A Drill: An Extinction Rebellion Handbook 




Source: Extinctionrebellion.uk