Despite promises to put climate at the center of its business portfolio, and pledges to commit to net zero by 2050, BlackRock continues to be one of the biggest funders of companies in the mining, agribusiness, and the energy sector that are directly or indirectly involved in conflicts affecting Indigenous peoples and their territories.
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Studies have shown that Indigenous peoples are critical players in the fight to protect the world’s forests and halt global temperature increases.
In 2020 BlackRock hinted it would take new holistic approaches on deforestation and biodiversity in 2021, and yet, its newly announced net zero commitments failed to provide any concrete measures on how the company plans to conduct due diligence on Indigenous rights and deforestation risks.
On Thursday, February 4, join Indigenous frontline leaders Sônia Guajajara and Eloy Terena of the Association of Brazil’s Indigenous Peoples (APIB) to hear first hand of the impacts of BlackRock’s investments on their lives and communities, and the responsibility BlackRock has to respect their future.
We hope to see you there!
Sônia Guajajara, Executive Coordinator of the Association of Brazil’s Indigenous Peoples (APIB)
Sônia Guajajara belongs to the Guajajara / Tryhar people, from the Arariboia Indigenous Land in the state of Maranhão. She has degrees in Literature and Nursing with a postgraduate degree in Special Education. A regular voice at the UN Human Rights Council, she has been advocating for Indigenous rights at World Conferences for over 10 years, including at the climate COP and at the European Parliament, among other international bodies. Sônia has already received several awards and honors, such as the Packard Award, granted by the World Commission on Protected Areas of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). In 2018 she became the first Indigenous person to run in a presidential campaign. Today she is part of the Executive Coordination of the Association of Brazil’s Indigenous Peoples (APIB). She is also a member of the Council of the Interfaith Rainforest Initiative.
Eloy Terena, Legal Coordinator of the Association of Brazil’s Indigenous Peoples (APIB)
Luiz Eloy Terena is an Indigenous lawyer of the Terena people of Mato Grosso do Sul in Brazil. He has a doctorate degree in Social Anthropology from the National Museum at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, and a Post-doctorate from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in France. He currently works as the Legal Coordinator of the Association of Brazil’s Indigenous Peoples (APIB).