Our planet's largest remaining rainforest is under threat from changes to the laws that govern forest protection in Brazil.
The new Forest Code bill has been passed. It severely weakens protections for the Amazon rainforest and opens up vast areas to destruction, which would contribute to accelerating climate change.
But there is still time. Brazilian President Dilma has 15 days to veto the new Forest Code bill and save the Amazon rainforest from destruction. Please send her a message now before it's too late!
I understand that this disturbing reversal is linked to the proposal to make major changes to the Forest Code the main law protecting the rainforest in Brazil. If more deforestation is permitted, forest loss will increase.
Brazil's fight against deforestation and its commitment to protect the majestic Amazon rainforest is one that we all appreciate, not only for the sake of the biodiversity and forest dependent communities, but also because it is an essential element in the efforts worldwide to combat climate change.
President Dilma, it is up to you to decide the new law and fulfill your international promises: reduce deforestation by at least 80% by 2020, and keep Brazil as a forerunner in tackling climate change through halting deforestation.
You can save the Amazon from destruction. President Dilma, please veto the new forest code bill before it is too late.