Last year, the world watched the news in horror as large areas of the Amazon rainforest burned. This year, it feels like COVID-19 has changed everything — yet as you read these lines, roaring flames continue to threaten life in all its forms in the Amazon. And the number of fire hotspots recorded in August are likely to be even higher than last year...
The fires are no accident. The Amazon is set on fire deliberately to clear land for agriculture, to meet the world’s demand for cheap meat and other products. While the Amazon burns, the Canadian government needs to show leadership and make it clear that our country and Canadians won’t accept goods that come at the cost of Indigenous rights and rainforest destruction.
Yet at the moment, they are doing the exact contrary. Canada is negotiating the Canada-Mercosur free trade deal, which would massively increase meat exports from Brazil to Canada by as much as $1.8 BILLION annually. This is the lead driver of the Amazon fires!
This is urgent. If deforestation and fires continue, the entire rainforest will hit an irreversible tipping point. The United Nations Summit on Biodiversity is quickly approaching on September 30th. Let’s send a clear message that Canada cannot negotiate a destructive trade deal and be a leader in protecting biodiversity.
Tell the Minister of Foreign Affairs Marc Garneau that Canada needs to immediately halt the Canada-Mercosur free trade negotiations and protect the Amazon.
We need to send a clear message that will resonate all the way back to Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro: Canada will not make trade deals in Amazon destruction.
Add your name to stop the Canada-Mercosur deal
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