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Activists Fight Climate Change by Cutting Off the Money Pipeline

Feb. 4, 2021, 11:00 AM

Johan Frijns will tell you that on his best days, he takes to the streets in the morning in jeans and a T-shirt to protest climate change, then in the afternoon dons a suit to visit a bank, where he tells executives they must do more to combat global warming.

For the better part of two decades, Frijns has sought to rein in carbon emissions by hitting fossil fuel producers where it hurts most: their cash pipeline. The way to do that, the 55-year-old Dutchman says, is pressing lenders to cut off funding to coal, oil, gas, and industrial ...