Target: Prime Minister of Finland Juha Sipilä
Goal: Protect old-growth boreal forest and local species from fishing, logging, mining, and general development.
An ancient forest that acts as a massive buffer against climate change is at risk of being opened up to widespread human development, including logging and mining operations. This 30,000 square mile patch of forest is also part of the indigenous Sami people’s territory. They rely on the space for their food and their cultural practices as they herd the local reindeer, as well as fishing, hunting, and gathering.
A bill is being fast tracked through the Finish government to allow this area to become yet another victim of reckless human development. The nation’s conservatives are working to take rights away from the indigenous population so that corporations can exploit the land for profit. This will put around 2,000 endangered species at risk. Worst of all, cutting down all those trees would make the entire Earth more vulnerable to global warming, threatening all life.
Finland’s government is attempting to revive its job market after the economic crash eight years ago. However, investing in industries that are rapidly becoming obsolete is not the way to do this. There are plenty of jobs to be found in the clean energy industry. Destroying so much of the country’s environment and violating the rights of indigenous peoples are not worth it. Sign to demand that this bill be shot down.
Dear Prime Minister Sipilä,
The Finland parliament is currently fast tracking a bill through that would open up the nation’s ancient boreal forest to mass fishing, logging, and mining. This 30,000 square mile patch of woods contains thousands of endangered species and acts as a huge buffer against climate change. Not only that, it contains the territory of your country’s indigenous people, the Sami.
I understand that you’re trying to help your nation recover from the recent economic crash that left many of your people without jobs. However, if you invest in industries like logging and mining, your citizens will soon find themselves without work once again as fossil fuels become obsolete and the demand for paper products plummets. You’re throwing your nation’s environment under the bus for a temporary recovery.
You’re also completely disrespecting and hurting the Sami people who rely on this forest for their food and cultural practices. You have no right to do this to them. Everything about this bill is exploitative and disgusting. We demand that you ensure it never becomes law.
[Your Name Here]
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