Actors Mark Ruffalo, Leonardo DiCaprio, and other Hollywood eco-activists have called for a Canadian bank to “stop funding fossil fuel expansion” and withdraw from a coastal pipeline in the country.
Amid record high prices at the pumps, out of touch liberal celebs, including Susan Sarandon, Jane Fonda, Robert Downey Jr., Amy Schumer, and Ben Stiller, amongst others, signed a petition demanding that the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) stop financing a multibillion-dollar natural gas pipeline.
The open letter accused the RBC of “violating the rights of Indigenous Peoples,” by funding the 416-mile Coastal GasLink pipeline, which will carry gas out of British Columbia through indiginous lands without the consent of local hereditary chiefs, despite being agreed to by their elected council.
The “RBC must end the funding of extreme fossil fuel expansion projects, specifically fracking and tar sands. The Alberta tar sands are exacerbating the climate crisis and why Canada is unable to meet its international climate commitments,” the letter said.
It also reported that the RBC is the “fifth largest funder of fossil fuels in the world,” and accused the bank of being “heavily invested in the Coastal GasLink fracked gas pipeline now bulldozing through the pristine territory and waters of the Wet’suwet’en Peoples.”
At a Wednesday press conference, No More Dirty Banks spokesperson, Marvel actor Mark Ruffalo, said that “privileged” celebrities have the “responsibility” to speak out because “people listen to us.”
“We have a responsibility to each other,” the “Avengers” star remarked. “And it’s time for good people and privileged people, like us, to do the right thing. To make other people, good people, uncomfortable. That’s the only way we’re going to break through this system of racism and harm.”
“We have this privilege and we have to use it for the right thing,” he continued. “None of this matters if our children can’t drink the water, they can’t breathe the air, they can’t go outside, the world burns around them. None of this means anything anymore. We’re becoming desensitized to this insanity that we’re living in.”