Man goes to OCBC branch to ask about bank’s actions on climate change; gets turned away, obviously

Truly, we are most heartened by this outstanding man who felt concerned enough about the environment to question his bank about its corporate policies to combat climate change.

As well-intentioned he may be, he certainly barked up the wrong tree. This dude actually printed out the latest United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, marched to OCBC Bank’s branch in Bishan on Friday, and asked its counter service staff about it. He called the staff “clueless” — which of course they are, because why would branch customer service officers be ready to elaborate on the bank’s stance and proposed actions on global warming?

Furthermore, he could have just gone online to read all about OCBC’s official, detailed statement on climate change, and what it’s doing about it.

Anyway, the man was asked to direct his queries to OCBC’s corporate communications department. But not before a smug selfie outside the branch and a post urging others to voice out to their banks to act on climate change. Smug Alert!

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His actions raised some concern — but over his erroneous approach instead of global warming.

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The reason why the man was so hard up on getting a bank to be accountable for global warming is that the latest IPCC report noted the urgent need to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celcius immediately. Winding down the usage of fossil fuels (oil, gas and coal) is essential to reduce carbon emissions over the next decade, and the banking sector is one of the world’s biggest players in funding the climate crisis.

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