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Greenwash This: Dumping 500 lbs of Coal at Bank of America

As Bank of America executives attended the UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio to promote BofA’s latest greenwash attempts, the ironies of the bank’s grand environmental initiative were on full display outside corporate headquarters in Charlotte, NC.


Concerned local citizens dumped 500 pounds of dirty coal in front of the bank’s tower to mark the third consecutive day of dangerously polluted Charlotte air. Bucket by bucket, coal rained down, eventually covering a large banner reading “Bank of America’s Environmental Policy.” As black clouds of coal dust billowed, activists and media alike donned respiratory masks.


Bank of America is the leading financier of the US coal industry, having invested some $6.4 billion over the past two years.


Read more: Bank of America New Environment Initiative: Weak on Coal Means Weak on Climate | Rainforest Action Network

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Taken on June 22, 2012