Corporations pretending to have “disinterested generosity” while “sponsoring” the very indigenous people & biospheres their business model destroys are dubious…as are the NGOs and others enabling them.
Cartier is the only luxury goods corporation using the Yanomami as spokesmen (salesmen?) for their gold and diamond trinket commerce. But you…If you buy gold and diamond jewelry, watches and accessories from Cartier and others in the luxury industry, or gold and diamond merchandise from outlets or discount shops, you are also complicit in the destruction of tropical forests and the degradation of indigenous peoples’ lives.
Please say NO to gold!
As the Yanomami spokesman Davi Kopenawa says in the chapter “Metal Smoke” of his book “The Falling Sky”: “It was by becoming spirit … that I learned to know the gold epidemic, which we call oru a xawara. … The xawara epidemic thrives in the places where white people make their merchandise and accumulate it. Its smoke emanates from these goods and from the factories where the minerals from which they are made are cooked. … My father-in-law often tells me: ‘You must tell the white people that! They must know that we are dying one after another because of this evil smoke from the things they tear out of the ground’ This is what I am now trying to explain to those who will listen to my words. Maybe it will make them wiser? But it is true that if they continue to follow this path we will all perish. This already happened to many other people of the forest on this land of Brazil, but this time I think that even the white people will not survive.”https://barbara-navarro.com/2020/04/24/the-true-cost-of-luxury-jewelry-cartels-launder-drug-money-selling-blood-gold-to-cartier-and-others-in-the-luxury-industry-and-indigenous-people-pay-the-price/