The Amazon rainforest -one of the most biodiverse ecosystems in the world- is in danger. In just the first 10 days of August, 10136 fires were spotted in the Amazon. This is a 17% rise from last year.
We need to act quickly in order to help protect Amazonia from deforestation!
Much of that land becomes cattle pasture, responsible for 80% of deforestation in all Amazon countries. Moreover, the EU-Mercosur pact, enabling a free trade agreement, threatens the Amazon rainforest as it allows no trade limit on the beef produced through Amazon deforestation for cattling.
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During the first 4 months of the year, Bolsonaro demanded “no more fires!”, yet the Amazon fires continue to spread. While he created a new federal organization to fight against deforestation and sent 700 members of the armed forces to help with the fires, these “good actions'' happened because of the pressure and threats that he was receiving. But
, as the continued increase in deforestation and fire detections in 2020 indicates.
Bolsonaro’s cabinet is using the pandemic as an excuse to hide the new measures that they are taking to take advantage of the amazon. Between March and May, the government adopted 195 measures to deregulate and reduce indigenous rights in the Amazon, compared to 16 in the same period last year.
Bolsonaro’s ignorance is further shown through his impact towards the EU-Mercosur Agreement, which demands free trade between Latino America and Europe. As some EU leaders have pointed out, the EU-Mercosur Agreement allows large amounts of beef trade derived from the Amazonias region, which Bolsonaro has done little to control. Climate activists demand with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, along with many EU leaders, to
as it continually threatens the Amazon rainforest. However, this agreement is pending ratification, which further threatens the Amazon Rainforest.
, the Minister of the Environment, proposed in a council of ministers that was recorded without his knowledge, we must take advantage of the fact that "the press only talks about the Covid-19" to "change all the regulations and simplify the rules" for the protection of the Amazon.
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