Awaaz Amazonas

10. maj 2012

Amazon-området udgør verdens måske største grønne lunge, med en kolossal vigtighed for verdens biodiversitet og klimabalance. Men efter nogle få år, hvor skovfældningen så småt syntes at være ved at komme under kontrol, bliver der nu i et brasiliansk lovforslag lagt op til totalrydninger i hidtil uset omfang. Derfor har Awaaz har netop rundsendt denne opfordring til at stå bag en underskriftsindsamling om at få den nye lov omstødt:

The Brazilian Congress has just passed a catastrophic forestry bill that gives loggers and farmers free rein to cut down huge swaths of the Amazon. Now only President Dilma can stop it.

Fortunately, the timing is on our side – in weeks Dilma will host the world’s biggest environmental summit and insiders say she cannot afford to open it as the leader who approved the destruction of the rainforest. She’s facing mounting domestic pressure, with 79% of Brazilians rejecting this new bill. Now, if we join them we can turn up the global heat and push her to axe the bill, not the rainforest.

Dilma could make her decision any day. Let’s get her to veto the bill now. Use the online form to sign the urgent petition to stop the Amazon chainsaw massacre and if you have already signed – send this to everyone!

The Amazon is vital to life on earth – 20% of our oxygen comes from this magnificent rainforest, and it plays a key role in mitigating global climate change. Over the last decade, Brazil has vastly reduced deforestation rates, achieving a 78% decline between 2004 and 2011. The reason? A world-acclaimed forestry law, strong enforcement and satellite monitoring.

But this dangerous new bill would open up an area the size of France and Britain combined to clear-cutting and gives loggers amnesty for all past deforestation crimes. This would not only spark total forest devastation in Brazil, it would also set a bad precedent for other countries. That’s why it’s so crucial that we all protect it.

Brazil is a rapidly developing country, battling to lift tens of millions out of poverty. Despite evidence that growth does not require deforestation, Dilma is under pressure from the powerful agricultural lobby that helped her get elected to cut down rainforest for profit. And it is an ugly battle — activists are being murdered, intimidated and silenced. But ex-Environmental Ministers and people across Brazil have sent a clear message to Dilma that they want to save the Amazon. Now, it’s up to all of us to stand with them and urge President Dilma to remain strong.

The fate of Brazil’s rainforests is dangling by a thread. But, with President Dilma so vulnerable to public pressure right now, we can bring the global force of people power to get a win for our planet! Sign the urgent petition below and tell everyone — the petition will be delivered by Brazil’s former Environment Ministers directly to Dilma:

In the last three years, we have won battle after battle against the odds. Now, let’s come together to stop the destruction of the Amazon, protect our planet and herald Dilma as a true international environmental leader.

With hope and determination,

Luis, Pedro, Maria Paz, Alice, Ricken, Carol, Lisa, Rewan and the entire Avaaz team

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Maria Carolina Marcello & Peter Murphy: Brazil Forest Code Passes In Defeat For Dilma Rousseff, (Reuters) Huffington Post 26.04.2012.

Revised Brazilian Forest Code good for environmental criminals, bad for forests, IB Times 01.05.2012.

Brazilians reject axing of forest protections, WWF 18.06.2011.

Gary Duffy: Amazon deforestation record low, BBC 13.11.2009.

Raymond Colitt: Cattle, Not Soy, Drives Amazon Deforestation – Report, (Reuters) Planet Ark 15.04.2009.

Amazon deforestation up almost four per cent, (AFP) Sydney Morning Herald 29.11.2008.

Oliver Balch: The ‘win-win’ solution failing the rainforests, The Guardian 20.10.2008.

Climate change speeds up Amazon’s destruction, WWF 06.12.2007.

Timothy Gardner: U.N. launches program to cut deforestation emissions, Reuters 24.09.2008.