Timeline of the protest:
– 12:00pm meeting at the Brazilian Consulate
– 1:30pm walking over to BlackRock headquarter
– 2:30pm end of action
The Amazon Rainforest is burning. These fires are destroying the homes of indigenous people who have had to strive persistently to protect the land, their rights, and their very lives. These fires are eliminating wildlife and their habitats too swiftly and broadly to allow for recovery. When healthy, the vast Amazon cleans air and draws down carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, benefiting the rest of the world. But instead this rainforest is being incinerated at an alarming rate.
These fires are no accident. Beef and soy companies — with the support of companies like Costco and permission from the Bolsonaro government — set fires to clear away forests for industrial agriculture.
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.” Please join us!
In Atlanta, join us for this day of action this Thursday, September 5 at noon outside the Brazilian consulate, as we gather in solidarity for a rally, speakout, and outreach event. We will show the Brazilian government that the world is watching. We will call out the Bolsonaro government for enabling big agribusinesses like Cargill and retailers like Costco to destroy the Amazon. And We will call out corporations like BlackRock who is a major financiers of big agribusiness.
Thus, at 1:30pm we will walk from the Brazilian consulate to the Atlanta headquarter of BlackRock, a corporation that is financing Climate Destruction from tar sands to the Amazon! BlackRock is the world’s largest asset manager, with nearly US$6 trillion in assets under management. It is in the top ten – and often the top five – of institutional investors holding shares in all the agribusiness giants that are engaged in deforestation and destruction of the Amazon.
Bring signs and prepare to make noise. Please bring water to stay hydrated. This action is a nonviolent demonstration.
For more information on the Sept. 5 global day of action, please check out https://actionnetwork.org/event_campaigns/global-day-of-action-for-the-amazon