On October 23rd, ninety-two of the world’s largest banks will meet in São Paolo, Brazil to discuss policies on the climate and Indigenous People’s rights to Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (FPIC). These banks include Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) financiers such as Wells Fargo, Bank of America, J.P. Morgan Chase, and many more. Mazaska Talks is calling on Indigenous people and allies everywhere to join us for 3 days of mass global action that make it clear to the banks: Financing climate disaster and the abuse of Indigenous Peoples will result in a massive global divestment movement.”
For the past decade, I’ve been fighting to constrain the tar sands—the largest, and one of the dirtiest, fossil fuel development projects on the planet. The tar sands have poisoned rivers, destroyed forests, pushed Canada’s climate commitments out of reach and violated the rights of Indigenous people.
The four proposed tar sands pipelines—Keystone XL, Line 3, Trans Mountain Expansion, Energy East—would accelerate and expand the damage.
There are 26 major banks that are the primary sources of financing for the three companies wanting to build those pipelines. Five of those banks are American, nine are Canadian, and twelveothers are headquartered all around the world from Germany to the UK, Norway, and Switzerland among others. On top of these prime offenders are dozens of other banks from around the world.
These banks are tying their fate to pipelines that would trample Indigenous rights. None of these pipelines have the consent of all the Indigenous nations whose territories and waters they would pass through. In fact, over 150 Nations and Tribes have already stated their official opposition to tar sands pipelines, rail, and tankers through their traditional territories and waters. Some Indigenous Land Defenders are even building tiny houses directly in the path of these pipelines to show their opposition.
These banks are tying their fate to pipelines that would accelerate a climate crisis and push the goals of the Paris Agreement further out of reach. We’re already seeing the consequences of climate-driven extreme weather, rising sea levels, reduced freshwater access and biodiversity loss around the globe.
These banks are tying their fate to pipelines that would endanger wildlife, including those already at risk, trample rare landscapes, and threaten the water supplies of millions.
We need banks and financial institutions to cut the ties and get on the right side of history. That’s exactly what the Mazaska Talks Days of Action are all about.
This October 23-25, thousands of people in dozens of cities all around the world will take action to demand that change. They will demand banks put their money and policies to work for all of us and stop financing projects that violate Indigenous rights and desecrate Mother Earth.
We need to join the chorus. That is why Greenpeace Canada is getting involved and answering the call. We hope you will too.
We have a great new action toolkit full of diverse ways to get involved for all different types of commitment levels. You can also connect to other volunteers in Canada through our Greenwire platform or join actions already planned. For folks not in Canada, you can still use our toolkit for ideas, and everyone should visit Mazaska Talks to register your action or find one near you.
Mazaska, is the Lakota word for money. From Oct. 23-25th it’s time to make Mazaska talk.