Tell BlackRock to STOP Burning the Amazon

Start: Thursday, September 05, 201911:00 AM

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Unprecedented fires are ravaging the Amazon - more than 74,000 fires this year is an 84% increase over last year’s count. Just in the month of August there were 6.145 fires, surpassing the record of all the months analyzed since 1998. This is an international tragedy and a dangerous contribution to climate chaos.

According to Copernicus Climate Change Service, the fires have led to a clear spike in carbon monoxide emissions as well as planet-warming carbon dioxide emissions, posing a threat to human health and aggravating global warming.

This devastation is directly related to President Bolsonaro's anti-environmental rhetoric, which erroneously frames forest protections and human rights as impediments to Brazil's economic growth. Farmers and ranchers understand the president's message as a license to commit arson with wanton impunity, in order to aggressively expand their operations into the rainforest.

Bolsonaro’s ascension to Brazil’s presidency would not have been possible without the staunch support of Brazil’s agribusiness sector.

Amazon Watch and APIB conducted an investigation this year that showed how many US and European companies - like Cargill and ADM - and financiers - like BlackRock, JP Morgan Chase and Santander - are complicit in Amazon deforestation.

Indigenous people call it genocide, they are facing a humans rights and environment crisis. Isolated amongst corporations, investment firms, farmers, loggers, miners and a greedy governmental they appeal for our help.

The National Articulation of the Indigenous Peoples of Brazil (APIB) has called for international solidarity in response to the fires and ever-increasing threats. Amazon Watch and Extinction Rebellion are leading a call for a Global Day of Action for the Amazon on September 5, 2019, also known as "Amazon Day."

BlackRock is a key financier of the agribusiness giants most implicated in deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon. They are also the world’s largest investment firm in fossil fuel industries, putting them at the top of the black list of firms responsible for climate change.

In solidarity with this call we want to tell BlackRock they need to disinvest on the Amazonia destruction. These companies must take responsibility for the impacts of their products. They must eliminate the market incentives that promote this reckless environmental destruction.

Is time to act now! Will you join us?

#Sep5Act4Amazonia #SOSAmazonia #ActforAmazonia #Boycott4TheAmazon #DefendaAmazonia #BlackRockStopTheDestruction

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