Student Engagement in Climate Justice

Stop Dirty Banking Day of Action

Apr 12, 2023

Activists display street art

By Katie Evans, PLTS Green Justice Seminary Team and MA student in Climate Justice and Faith Concentration

On March 21st, I participated in the Stop Dirty Banking direct action at the Wells Fargo Headquarters in San Francisco. I was part of a faith contingent that I helped organize through my GreenFaith internship. Even though it was cold, rainy, and windy, people still showed up! It was inspiring to see so many people from different organizations like Third Act and 1000 Grandmothers singing and chanting together.

The most moving part of the event for me was getting to participate in the massive street mural that was painted throughout the action. Anyone could step up, grab paint and a paintbrush, and start painting the street alongside others. I got to paint a section with Karen, who has been doing this work for years. It was so lifegiving to be with people who have a deep love for this work. As a person of faith, I could feel the Spirit present in every song, speech, and brush stroke.

GreenFaith is continuing to focus on climate financing with a digital No Faith in Fossil Fuels Climate Finance Summit happening May 8-11th. The Center for Climate Justice and Faith is a cosponsor of this event! You can find out more about the event and register here.