Target: Mauro Pereira, Brazilian Congressman
Goal: Don’t make it easier for companies to destroy the world’s largest rainforest for corporate profit.
The Amazon rainforest could lose some protections against deforestation and development due to a proposed new bill in Brazil. The new bill would turn the once-rigorous process done by the central government into a quick process handled by local governments. In some cases, certain companies would be able to create their own licenses, instead of having to go through the government process.
This rollback of the law threatens an already fragile Amazon rainforest and the indigenous communities that live within. Some environmental groups even argue that passing the bill will make compliance with the Paris Climate Agreement impossible. This is because most of Brazil’s greenhouse gases come from agriculture and use of forests.
The Amazon rainforest is already being cut down at an alarming rate. Many important species and cultures only found within are at risk from this expanding deforestation practice. This law has the potential to increase the threats already facing the ecosystem.
This bill is being moved through the legislature by Mauro Pereira, who argues that the old process took too long, and the government is losing revenues from companies that are going elsewhere with their businesses. This is another example of a political official putting financial gain in front of environmental protections, as well as the protections of indigenous communities.
Sign this petition to tell Pereira that the Amazon rainforest and those within are more important than money.
Dear Mr. Pereira,
You are currently working to pass a bill that will lessen Brazil’s rigorous environmental licensing system. Changing this system poses a huge threat to the Amazon rainforest, and the people and animals living there. As you know, the Amazon is already threatened by deforestation for agricultural use, and passing this bill is only going to increase that problem.
Brazil is in an economic recession, and may benefit from some economic reform, but not from compromising on environmental protections. There are other ways to create more capital for Brazil that do not directly harm precious ecosystems. Please stop moving this bill through the legislature and vow to continue protecting the Amazon Rainforest.
[Your name here]
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