Tell Brazil's President to Save the Amazon

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Originally Posted: 25 June 2011

Tell Brazil's President to Save the Amazon

FROM AVAAZ.org

ACTION

Tell Dilma Rousseff, President of Brazil, to take immediate action to save Brazil's precious forests by vetoing recent changes to the forest law that will open up vast areas of Earth's lungs to being clear-cut for lumber.

Also tell her to prevent further murders of environmental activists and workers by increasing law enforcement against illegal loggers and ramping up protection for people at risk from violence or death. The world needs Brazil to be an international leader on the environment, your strong action now will safeguard the planet for future generations.

Sign an online petition

And/Or make direct contact:

President of Brazil
c/o Brazilian Embassy
1025 Thomas Jefferson Street, NW, Suite 300W (3rd floor)
Washington, DC 20007-5250
phone (202) 238-2805
fax (202) 238-2827

INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS

The Amazon is in serious danger. The lower house of the Brazilian congress has approved a gutting of Brazil’s forest protection laws. Unless we act now vast tracts of our planet’s lungs could be opened up to clear cutting devastation.

The move has sparked widespread anger and protests across the country. And tension is rising -- in the last few weeks several prominent environmental advocates have been murdered, purportedly by armed thugs hired by illegal loggers. The timing is critical, they’re trying to silence criticism just as the law is discussed in the Senate. But President Dilma can veto the changes, if we can persuade her to overcome political pressure and step onto the global stage as a leader.

79% of Brazilians support Dilma's veto of the forest law changes, but their voices are being challenged by logger lobbies. It’s now up to all of us to raise the stakes and make Amazon protection a global issue. Let’s come together now in a giant call to stop the murders and illegal logging, and save the Amazon.


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