Justice for Indigenous People Rendered Homeless by Industrial Destruction

Target: Mike Henry, CEO, BHP Group Limited

Goal: Provide immediate humanitarian aid to Indigenous tribes devastated by mining disaster.

In 2015, the Mariana Dam in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais burst, killing 19, injuring more than a dozen others, and leaving hundreds of families homeless as toxic brown mudflow wiped out their villages. As a result, the local Krenak and Guarani Indigenous peoples are left utterly destitute. Local food sources are irreversibly ruined due to lethal levels of arsenic, cadmium, mercury, lead, copper, and zinc now found in local waters.

Brazilian courts have been slow to respond to numerous lawsuits, leaving the tribespeople in limbo, dependent on meager cash payments provided by BHP, the mining company responsible for the disaster. They must travel for hours to the nearest markets for safe food, and limited drinking water is only available in bottles from the Renova Foundation, BHP’s public disaster relief effort.

Companies like BHP profit off of the destruction of natural resources and the poisoning of local ecosystems. In the event of a disaster like that at the Mariana Dam, they have a clear duty to provide food, water, and medicine to the people most harmed by their activities. Sign the petition below to demand that this be done immediately.


Dear Mr. Henry,

The bursting of the Mariana Dam was the worst environmental catastrophe in Brazilian history, and hundreds of thousands are still reeling from its effects. As the cases of the Krenak and Guarani languish in the courts, they are left without adequate food and water, surviving on paltry handouts of small amounts of cash and bottled water.

As the owner of the mining operations in the area, you have a clear humanitarian duty to feed these people and provide them with medical treatment and other essentials. I demand that this be done immediately to protect these Indigenous peoples from further harm.


[Your Name Here]

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