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  • BlackRock: Stop Forest Destruction Webinar

    The September Swarm on BlackRock continues as hundreds took action together online by calling, emailing and tweeting the Big 3 asset managers to defund deforestation this week.

    Watch the Actionar curated by Climate Finance Action and follow along below to take action to Defund Deforestation! Then, join the September Swarm on BlackRock and get ready for the grand finalé – the Stop Funding Tar Sands Day of Action on October 2!

    We know the Big 3 see us and hear us!

    Last week, Larry Fink, CEO of BlackRock—the world’s biggest investor and biggest driver of climate crisis said: “I’m an environmentalist.”

    Then he said: “Our job is to follow what our clients want.”

    And he told environmentalists who have been protesting BlackRock’s investments “to go to the money owners and talk to them and have them change.”

    WHO ARE THE MONEY OWNERS?

    State pension funds are huge money owners.

    They control large pots of money made up of the retirement savings of state workers like teachers, health professionals, union members, and many others.

    Pension funds hire BlackRock, Vanguard, and State Street to invest that money. If they don’t like how these Big 3 are investing, they can pressure them to change or fire them.

    State treasurers oversee these funds.

    Let’s tell our state treasurers to push BlackRock, Vanguard, and State Street to change how they invest OUR money.

    TAKE ACTION NOW

    KEEP THE PRESSURE ON
    Keep taking action here
    We can keep pushing BlackRock, Vanguard, and State Street to #DefundDeforestation. Invite your friends & networks to join!

    ENLIST YOUR STATE TREASURER
    Instructions for contacting your State Treasurer
    State treasurers and comptrollers oversee huge pension funds made up of the retirement savings of state workers like teachers, health professionals, and union members.
    Scott Stringer, New York City Comptroller, has just sent a letter to State Street, urging them to take action to stop deforestation.

    Urge your state treasurer to join him and use their powerful role to stop deforestation and human rights abuses.

    DEFUND DEFORESTATION ACTIONAR LINKS

    VIDEOS

    Defund Deforestation Now
    Products Behind Deforestation
    What’s Next interview with David

    SPEAKERS AND RESOURCES

    Alfred Brownell, Liberian Human Rights Lawyer
    2019 Recipient, The Goldman Environmental Prize—Africa

    Jeff Conant, Friends of the Earth US
    Deforestation by the Numbers: 2-pager
    Doubling Down on Deforestation report, Executive summary

    Regina LaRocque, Climate Code Blue

    Laura Haight, Partnership for Policy Integrity
    Biomass 2-pager
    Biolfuelwatch letter to BlackRock

    Moira Birss, Amazon Watch
    Forests and Human Rights: Principles for Asset Managers

    Roberta Giordano, BlackRock’s Big Problem

     

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