Plea to all world leaders: save Brazilian biodiversity. Nature calls for help!
Plea to all world leaders: save Brazilian biodiversity. Nature calls for help!
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Join this campaign with:
- Anitta - Singer
- Xuxa Meneghel - TV presenter and actress
- Caetano Veloso - Musician and writer
- Lázaro Ramos - actor and director
- Tim (Xutos e Pontapés) - Musician and songwriter
- Evandro Mesquita - Singer, songwriter and actor
- Júlio Lancellotti - Priest
- Oliver Stone - Filmmaker
- Bruna Lombardi - Actress, writer and filmmaker
- Carlos Alberto Riccelli - Actor and director
- Kim Riccelli - Actor
- Alinne Moraes - Actress
- Marco Pigossi - Actor
- Bernardo da Costa (Agir) - Singer, producer and musician
- Rogério Charraz - Musician;
- João Gil - Musician
- Jorge Palma - Musician
- Júlio Resende - Musician
- Samanta Schmütz - Comedian, dubber and actress
- Rita von Hunty - Teacher, actor and drag queen
- Alessandra Negrini - Actress
- Astrid Fontenelle - TV presenter and journalist
- Glenn Greenwald - Journalist, lawyer and writer
- Xico Sá - Journalist and writer
- Sonia Guajajara - Indigenous leader
- Célia Xakriabá - Teacher and indigenous activist
- Catarina Canelas - Journalist
- Leoni - Musician and writer
- Tico Santa Cruz - Musician and writer
- Maria Gadú - singer and songwriter
- Daniela Mercury - Singer
- Leandra Leal - Actress
- Laerte - Cartoonist
- Kiko Goifman - Filmmaker
- Lúcia Veríssimo - Actress and filmmaker
- Vivi Fernandez - Actress
- Alexia Dechamps - Actress
- Bruno Gissoni - Actor
- Haroldo Botta - Actor
- André Jung - Drummer (Titãs and Ira!)
- Sara e Nina - Dragqueens singers
- Marta Oliveira - Plastic artist
- Luisa Mell - TV presenter and activist
- José Rainha - Activist - Frente Nacional de Lutas no Campo e Cidade (FNL)
Dear Secretary-General António Guterres,
Dear President Joe Biden,
Dear President Ursula Von der Leyen,
Dear President of Mercosur Alberto Fernandez,
Globally, the loss of primary tropical forest, which plays an essential role in keeping carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and in maintaining biodiversity, increased by 12 percent in 2020 compared to 2019, according to the World Resources Institute. The largest forest destruction happened again in Brazil, much due to its current government, which allows clear cutting in the Amazon for the sake of industrial and commercial growth and denies the very existence of climate change.
Last year, the Pantanal region, the largest wetland on the planet, suffered a historic devastation. Investigations by the Brazilian Federal Police showed that arsonists were behind the fires that destroyed 30% of an extremely rich biome, home to a large part of Brazil's fauna and until then the most well preserved. The burned area represents 4,490 thousand hectares in the entire area of the biome. This had an unprecedented impact on the Brazilian and world environment, causing the death of millions of animals, putting even some species at serious risk of extinction.
Another environmental issue that is of great concern to us is the possible exploitation of oil in the archipelago of Fernando de Noronha, a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site. The government has announced an auction for oil extraction in maritime areas of Northeast Brazil, which, in addition to affecting Fernando de Noronha, poses a serious risk to the Atol das Rocas Biological Reserve, which could lead to the extinction of the blue whale and 154 other species of marine animals.
At the present time, in Brasil has hence become a climate and an environment pariah. However, we need to include Brazil in the global efforts if we want to achieve our climate objectives. Following the world leaders’ summit on climate, the Brazilian President pledged to reach emissions neutrality by 2050, in response to U.S. President Joe Biden's demands. Words need however to be transformed into real action. As an example, the day after the summit, Jair Bolsonaro vetoed R$240 million from the budget allocated to the Ministry of Environment in 2021, which demonstrates the President's true intentions. Furthermore, this past May 13, the General Law of Environmental Licensing was modified in the House of Representatives through a vote that changes certain environmental regulations. These new rules make it no longer mandatory to carry out Environmental Impact Studies for various works, such as basic sanitation and construction projects. Consequently, fauna and flora could be greatly affected, as well as certain indigenous areas.
In the European Union, the European Commission ignored the environmental and climate impacts of the EU-Mercosur trade deal as this impact assessment has been finalised nearly two years after the conclusion of the trade negotiations themselves, and hence its findings have not been taken into account during these negotiations. A significant failure that the European Ombudsman recently declared as maladministration. Making the Paris Agreement an essential element via an additional declaration will not solve this significant gap. If the EU is serious about its environmental and climate commitments, it needs to reopen negotiations in order to revise the deal and address this shortcoming, anchoring sanctionable environmental and climate standards throughout the agreement.
In addition, researchers have shown that tropical areas like the Amazon rainforest represent hotspots for emerging infectious diseases, intensified by deforestation, intensive agricultural monocultures and animal farming. The destruction of wild species' natural habitats not only begets anxiety among the concerned and surviving species, who in turn generate viral secretions, but also forces them to find new shelters closer to human dwellings. Such situation is prone to the dissemination of pathogens and the development of epidemics. Therefore, the expected increase of deforestation and biodiversity loss is a serious epidemiologic time bomb.
We therefore call the world leaders, especially in the EU and the US, to reconsider any trade deal with Brazil, until the environmental provisions, including the deforestation in the Amazon and the increase in CO2 and methane emissions, are sufficiently strong and enforceable. We must also, within the scope of the United Nations, promote and engage in further multilateral talks with Brazil, in order to agree on ambitious, concrete and binding targets on climate, biodiversity protection and Human Rights.
David Miranda - Brazilian Federal Congressman
Francisco Guerreiro - Member of the European Parliament
Silvana Andrade - Founder and President at ANDA (Animal Rights News Agency)
Signing this campaign: Caetano Veloso - Musician and writer; Larissa de Macedo Machado (Anitta) - Singer, songwriter and actress; Xuxa Meneghel - TV presenter and actress; Júlio Lancellotti - Priest; Lázaro Ramos - Actor and director; Alinne Moraes - Actress, Evandro Mesquita - Singer, songwriter and actor; Bruna Lombardi - Actress, writer and filmmaker; Carlos Alberto Riccelli - Actor and diretor; Kim Riccelli – Actor; Bernardo da Costa (Agir) - Singer, producer and musician; Rogério Charraz - musician; João Gil - musician, Rita von Hunty - Teacher, actor and drag queen; Daniela Mercury - Singer; Marco Pigossi - Actor; José Rainha - Activist - Frente Nacional de Lutas no Campo e Cidade (FNL); Bruno Gissoni - Actor; Sara e Nina - Dragqueens singers; Tim (Xutos e Pontapés) - Musician and songwriter; Leoni - Musician and writer; Tico Santa Cruz - Musician and writer; Lúcia Veríssimo - Actress and filmmaker; Vivi Fernandez - Actress; Jorge Palma - Musician; Júlio Resende - Musician; Leandra Leal - Actress; Xico Sá - Journalist and writer; Laerte - Cartoonist; Maria Gadú - Singer and songwriter; André Jung - Drummer (Titãs and Ira!); Marta Oliveira - Plastic artist; Oliver Stone - Filmmaker; Kiko Goifman - Filmmaker; Alexia Dechamps - Actress; Haroldo Botta - Actor; Sonia Guajajara - Indigenous leader; Célia Xakriabá - Teacher and indigenous activist; Glenn Greenwald - Journalist, lawyer and writer; Paulo Jerônimo - President of the Brazilian Press Association (ABI); Cristina Serra - Journalist and writer; Margarida Pressburger - Lawyer and Human Rights Activist; Patrícia Matos - Journalist and communication advisor at the European Parliament; Rui Lourenço - Journalist and press officer; Amaury Ribeiro Junior - Journalist and writer; Luisa Mell - TV presenter and activist; Anita Krajnc - Animal Save Movement; Prof. Israel Batista - Federal Deputy (Congressman); Fernanda Melchionna - Federal Congressman (PSOL Brazil); Cristina Rodrigues - Member of the Portuguese Parliament; Andreas Schieder - Member of the European Parliament; Benoît Biteau - Member of the European Parliament; Brando Benifei - Member of the European Parliament; Delbos-Corfield Gwendoline - Member of the European Parliament; Eleonora Evi - Member of the European Parliament; Ernest Urtasun - Member of the European Parliament; Grace O'Sullivan - Member of the European Parliament; Marie Toussaint - Member of the European Parliament; Martin Buschmann - Member of the European Parliament; Michèle Rivasi - Member of the European Parliament; Nikolaj Villumsen - Member of the European Parliament; Rosa D'Amato - Member of the European Parliament; Salima Yenbou - Member of the European Parliament; Saskia Bricmont, Member of the European Parliament; Yannick Jadot - Member of the European Parliament; Maria do Carmo Santos - President of Vítimas Unidas; Marie Henriqueta Ferreira Cavalcante - Coordinator of the CNBB N2 Justice and Peace Commission; Profa. Dr. Walterlina Brasil - Director of the Nucleus of Human Sciences of the Federal University of Rondônia (UNIR); Ari Miguel Teixeira Ott - Research Professor at the Federal University of Rondônia; Claudio Macedo - Prof. Dr. in Law at the Federal University of Santa Catarina; Sandra Duarte Cardoso - Veterinarian, DVM, MSc PhD St. Joseph - President of the NGO SOS Animal Portugal; Sandra Duarte Cardoso - President of the NGO SOS Animal Portugal. President of the NGO SOS Animal Portugal; Rede Nacional de Combate à disinformação RNCD Brasil; Instituto Internacional Arayara;TROCA - Plataforma por um Comércio Internacional Justo; Josiane Censi - Coletivo Valente; Dietmar Starke - Architect and Human Rights Activist - Rio de Janeiro; Martim Sampaio - Lawyer and Human Rights Activist - São Paulo; Rosangella Leote - Brazilian artist and teacher; Célio Turino - Historian and writer; Sibele de Lima Lemos - Childhood Protection Collective Voz Materna; Bernardo Gonçalves - Associação ART LAB; Tiago Careto - Associação ART LAB; Filipe Rosado - SunsetDDB; Sofia Rois - Street Animals Association; Ivone Ingen Housz - Quinta das Águias Association.