Target: Dilma Rouseff, President of Brazil
Goal: Praise the federal protection of a large chunk of Amazon rainforest against human development and deforestation
A rainforest sanctuary area the size of Delaware has been created by the Brazilian government in the Amazon, the world’s largest and most biodiverse tropical rainforest. The Alto Maues reserve covers 1.65 million acres of some of the most untouched land in the area, and will protect the local flora and fauna from deforestation, mining, and similar development. The reserve will help counteract carbon and greenhouse gas emissions as part of Brazil’s climate change policy as well as create a safe area for 13 species of primates and 600 species of birds.
Deforestation of the Amazon has been rapidly accelerating as farmers and loggers learn to exploit loopholes in environmental regulations. In September 2014, an area more than six times the size of Manhattan was illegally cleared. In the past year, deforestation has risen by almost 30 percent.
Deforestation destroys the habitat of native animals and can cause population decline or even put some species at risk of endangerment or extinction. It limits the environment’s ability to buffer toxins out of the air, contributing to climate change and global warming. Deforestation in one area can completely change the environment in another area, leading to a drier climate with less flood protection.
The Alto Maues reserve will provide a safe place for local species to recover and thrive without human intervention and help protect the environment from harmful emissions. Sign the petition below to commend Brazil’s efforts to preserve the natural environment.
Dear President Rousseff,
A new environmental reserve has been created in the Amazon rainforest, where the local flora and fauna will enjoy federal protection from deforestation, mining, and other development. The area, which makes up over 1.65 million acres of land, will help filter out harmful carbon and greenhouse gasses, which contribute to global warming and climate change.
Deforestation of the Amazon has grown by an alarming 30 percent in the past year alone. It’s important that the problem is immediately addressed in order to preserve the integrity of the remaining forest. The Alto Maues reserve will do just that, and will make a positive impact on the environment and its inhabitants. We, the undersigned, commend the creation of the Alto Maues reserve and urge continued work on Brazil’s climate change policy.
[Your Name Here]
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