Boycott for Amazonia: Disruption of Destruction

when

From:
01 December 2020
16:00 (UTC +00:00)

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Until:
15 December 2020
16:00 (UTC +00:00)

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Worldwide

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Action, Activity/Event

Action, Activity/Event

hosted by

Extinction Rebellion Europe

THIS BOYCOTT BEGINS ON DECEMBER 1, 2019 and will continue until the below demands are met.

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We, united citizens of Planet Earth, condemn the actions of the Brazilian State, the Brazilian Agribusiness lobby (Bancada Ruralista), and other criminally inactive governments and neo-colonial extractivist corporations throughout the Amazon Basin for their complicity in ecocide and destruction of the Amazon Rainforest, for the murders of environmental defenders, and for the cultural assimilation and genocide of Amazonia’s Indigenous peoples. As a movement of movements, we call upon every human with a conscience to boycott, divest from and sanction the governments and companies responsible for this destruction, to economically disrupt them and demand an end to their ecocidal and genocidal activities.

“To challenge adversaries in the federal government and private sector, Brazil’s National Indigenous Mobilization (MNI) has called for a global boycott of Brazilian commodities associated with human rights abuses and environmental destruction. The MNI requests solidarity from international community to support these efforts, which aim to leverage global markets in order to moderate the behavior of the agroindustrial sector, as a means to halt Bolsonaro’s assault, ultimately protecting and restoring environmental safeguards and human rights.”

-“Complicity in Destruction” report
Full document (Portuguese): http://apib.info/files/2019/05/cumplicidade-na-destruicao.pdf
English version: https://amazonwatch.org/assets/files/2019-complicity-in-destruction-2.pdf

#BoycottForAmazonia #PaintTheStreets #ActForAmazonia

WHAT?

For all commodities, authorities and services associated with the destruction in Amazonia:

– Refuse to buy all products and services originating from conflict, deforestation and fire areas; these are especially beef, leather, soy, timber, sugar, gold and palm oil

– Persuade investors to divest all funds from Brazil and companies responsible for deforestation and human rights abuses, such as JBS and Cargill

– Pressure businesses to sever all contracts, partnerships and trade in Brazil and/or with companies responsible

– Push your government to economically sanction the Brazilian state, regulate and fine the companies responsible

HOW?

We suggest you use tried and tested Paint the Streets tactics, in which activists disrupt business-as-usual using subversive art, design and performance to tell the truth about this crisis and call for action. Read more about Paint the Streets here, including a guide on how to take part:

>>> https://www.facebook.com/events/2354984544755906/

WHY?

The Amazon is burning, so that rich and powerful imperialists and neo-colonialists can continue to profit at the expense of people, planet, climate, and ecology. The world’s largest rainforest, a massive carbon sink and cloud factory which produces much of our fresh water and regulates the global climate, is fast approaching an irreversible tipping point of transitioning to a drier savannah-like ecosystem. Every tree felled represents more species lost and more carbon released into the atmosphere, accelerating climate breakdown.

Brazil has seen the greatest number of environmental defenders murdered in any country for five years running: mostly those who resist the ecocidal agribusiness and mining giants. Many more murders are recorded throughout Latin America, and still more go unreported. In many cases, these are Indigenous people, the best stewards of our natural world who protect 82% of its biodiversity. Indigenous lands and nature reserves have been grabbed, invaded, and exploited illegally in the name of economic development. Many groups face brutality, cultural assimilation and genocide to clear them aside, as their existence represents an obstacle to economic development and the wealthy elites.

In their place, governments and multinational corporations encourage the growth and spread of deforestation, fires, and extractivism. Mother Nature, forests, wildlife, and Amazonia’s people are being annihilated to make space for gold mining, cattle ranches, soy farms. The natural world’s wealth is pillaged, workers exploited, and millions of farmed animals slaughtered every day to create greater profits. The goal is simple: lining the pockets of the rich and powerful, including hundreds of bribes paid to corrupt politicians, many of whom belong to these ecocidal industries.

We cannot and will not wait for the powers that be to take appropriate action to defend Amazonia, its peoples and our future. The problem is systemic, and it is clear that those who hold power have abused it for the sake of profit. To prevent them from reaching their goals, we must therefore target the only thing they value: money.

WHEN?

Starting on December 1st, the boycott will continue for a minimum of one year (#XR52 weeks of direct action) until December 2020, during which time we will remain open to discussions with the Brazilian Government, targetted companies, and other relevant authorities. If, by this time, our demands have not been met, the boycott will renew for another year.

MORE INFO:

Read the full Boycott Proposal and provide feedback here:

>>> https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ypD8rTt2uKHA-Bpj1pmXTXXgfREk1qnld4MTw3SgaDc/edit?usp=sharing

WHAT NEXT?

Self-organise in your communities.

Spread the word among activists and campaigners.

Tell the truth to the media and the public.

Plan solidarity actions to highlight the destruction.

Build pressure and cause economic disruption using actions targetting those responsible for these crimes against humanity, all beings, and nature.

Use #BoycottForAmazonia, #PaintTheStreets, and #ActforAmazonia in your social media posts, and to check in on what your fellow activists are doing around the world!

We will not rest until ecology and justice are restored to Amazonia. Let’s do this!

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