In the Media
Take action to protect the Amazon!
August 19, 2011
The Amazon Rainforest holds a special place in the hearts of environmentalists and green-minded people around the world. Covering a territory that stretches into nine countries, the Amazon is the world’s largest tropical rainforest and home to stunning biodiversity. As if that weren’t enough, the Amazon serves as a vital carbon sink, sequestering carbon from the atmosphere and helping to buffer the planet against global warming.
Years of conservation efforts and international attention have reversed a trend toward rising deforestation in the Amazon. Yet now progress made in the last decade is threatened. The Brazilian government is considering a move to roll back essential protections for the Amazon, and it may take an international outcry to stop huge areas of forest from being opened to destruction.
A weakened Forest Code could mean a return to steadily increasing deforestation in Brazil, and poses a massive threat to biodiversity and the global climate. It is also strongly opposed by Brazilians, 79% of whom support a presidential veto of the legislation. A veto by President Dilma Rousseff could stop changes to the Forest Code from going into effect, and preserve the Amazon for future generations.
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Keywords: Amazon, Brazil, deforestation, degradation, forest code, Latin America