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 will make her decision in the next 48 hours! Let's get her to veto the bill. Click below 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 larger than the size of Rajasthan and Maharashtra 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 agriculture 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 before it is too late 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
Brazil's Congress approves controversial forest law (BBC)
Brazil Forest Code Passes In Defeat For Dilma Rousseff (Huffington Post)
Revised Brazilian Forest Code good for environmental criminals, bad for forests (IB Times)
Amazon deforestation record low (BBC)