FIFA, please stop cutting down tropical forests

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Scientists from Global Forest Watch estimate that between 2000 and 2013, 920 000 km2 of intact tropical forest land are being erased - a staggering 1 500 football fields per hour.

FIFA, The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) is an association governed by Swiss law founded in 1904 and based in Zurich. Its goal, enshrined in its Statutes, is the constant improvement of football.

FIFA has pledged to be Carbon neutral,  compensating for example in 2014 331,000 tonnes of CO2 (251,000 of its own emissions and 80,000 from the fans who participated in afree contest) through four certified low-carbon development projects spread across Brazil. This is a move in the right direction, but not nearly engouh. Not even close.

A typical tropical forest harbours 120 tons per ha. The compensated carbon only accounts for 2758 Ha of forests, just under 4000 football pitches, the equivalent of 2 hours and a half of deforestation at current rates. Come on FIFA, you can do better! 

Seriously, 1 500 fields per hour? We do not need so many football fields, we need more rainforest to capture carbon, provide livelihood to local communities and serve as habitats for biodiversity. 

Please, FIFA, stop cutting down our tropical forests and join hands with us by taking a 0 deforestation pledge and help preserve the world tropical forests.

Disclaimer: Ok, it's not FIFA and the forest is not being cleared to make way for only football pitches. But FIFA could help. If you are interested in finding more about rainforest and deforestation, have a look at all the links here, they are genuine.



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