Shout out, on Indigenous Women’s Day, to the phenomenal Indigenous women who led today’s actions in San Francisco in solidarity with the Indigenous peoples of the Amazon: #ActForTheAmazon
In response to Bolsonaro's assault on Indigenous Peoples and the environment, the two largest Indigenous-led organizations in Brazil, COIAB and APIB, called for a Global Day of Action on Sept 5th to demand that Brazil’s government reinstate fundamental human rights standards and protect the Amazon.
The Amazon isn’t burning. It’s being burned. There are as many as 80K fires blazing in Brazil right now. Half of them in the Amazon. This deforestation has been encouraged by Bolsonaro, Brazil’ president, who has repeatedly said the Amazon should be open for business—for mining, logging, and agricultural purposes.
But this isn’t just about one rogue head of state. To get to the underlying forces of much of the world’s deforestation you need to follow the money. Foreign investors have enormous influence over what happens in the Brazilian Amazon … Big banks like JPMorgan Chase and large investment companies like BlackRock play a critical role, providing billions of dollars in lending, underwriting, and equity investment.
Protecting tropical rainforests and upholding the rights of Indigenous Peoples are some of the most important ways to address the global impacts of the growing climate crisis. What is happening in the Amazon affects us all over the world. It’s a global emergency that the corporations, financiers, and governments which are driving deforestation need to be held accountable for.
Follow, take action with, and support Amazon Watch and Rainforest Action Network in challenging corporate power to #DefundDeforestation.