Climate demonstrators gathered outside the San Francisco headquarters of investment management company BlackRock on Friday, as part of a global day of action demanding financial institutions "defund climate chaos" — end funding of corporations that perpetuate climate destruction.
The day of action, which took place in at least 100 cities around the world, was timed ahead of COP26, the United Nations climate conference beginning in Glasgow on Sunday.
The Bank on Our Future campaign says that stopping the funding of asset managers like BlackRock would help stop the flow of funding for oil and gas.
At least 200 kids left school in a climate strike, joined by survivors of wildfires across the state and Indigenous leaders. Eight demonstrators blocked the entrances to BlackRock’s building throughout the day, and two were arrested after hanging a banner saying, "Investments set the world on fire from CA to Amazon #DefundClimateChaos" from the nearby Salesforce Transit Center.
In addition to a march and rally, participants painted a block-long street mural with paint made from California wildfire ash. Youth Vs. Apocalypse, a group of young climate justice activists who focus on youth of color and working class youth, organized the march.