A big billboard will be outside BlackRock's New York office today featuring Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owner Coedie McAvoy's blunt message for staff: “funding Adani makes you complicit in the destruction of our sacred sites.”
Now’s the time to ramp up the pressure, call BlackRock and say why it should stop investing in Adani’s disastrous Carmichael coal project.
No matter where you are in the world, we’ve made it easy (and free!) for you to call and deliver your message to BlackRock.
- Select which country you're calling from
- Enter your phone number and click "call me"
- Our calling tool will give you a ring, talk you through step-by-step instructions and then connect you to BlackRock
Scroll down to find some handy talking points (they'll also be available on the next page – after you've clicked "call me"). You got this!
If you're calling from:
- The US, we'll connect you to New York HQ
- The UK, we'll connect you to Edinburugh HQ
- Australia we'll connect you to Sydney HQ
Calling from somewhere else? Find a BlackRock office to call here.
The best times to call are your local time between 7.30 AM and 7.30 PM.
Here is an example of how the conversation could start (or you could improvise):
Hello, I'm [your name], from [town/city/country], and I'm calling to ask Blackrock to stop supporting Adani's disastrous coal mine in Australia.
BlackRock is the biggest financial investor in Adani and last year, BlackRock said Adani must “be held accountable” for the environmental risks posed by its Carmichael coal mine.
I care about this because...
The Traditional Owners of the land Adani is mining, the Wangan and Jagalingou people, do not give their consent. The mine is threatening one of the biggest collections of culturally significant artifacts.
Adani has started shipping coal out via the Great Barrier Reef which just suffered another mass coral bleaching event. If all of the coal that Adani wants to mine is burnt, it’s game over for the Great Barrier Reef .
Coal ships navigating through the world's most extensive coral reef ecosystem is risky, and the Adani Group is already responsible for a coal ship sinking off the coast of Mumbai that devastated marine life.
Be friendly and polite - the person picking up the phone will find it hard to ignore you if you are polite.
Don’t feel like you have to answer any specific questions if you don’t feel comfortable.
What if they ask who asked me to call?
Tell the person that you’re a member of a global organization called SumOfUs, which runs campaigns to keep corporations accountable. Tell them you’re calling as someone who is concerned about Adani's plans to open up one of the biggest new coal mines in the world.
Do I have to be an expert to call BlackRock and express my concerns?
No! BlackRock cares about its reputation and what members of the public think so you don't have to be an expert to let them know you're concerned.
What if the person asks me a question I can’t answer?
It’s ok to say you don’t know. Or you might want to say that you will research the answer and contact them back with more information.
What if I’m not connected?
The line may be busy - sorry about that. You could leave a message or try calling again during office hours.