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Petitioning Adidas Frank Henke and 2 others

Tell Nike, Adidas, and Timberland to Protect the Amazon and the Climate


452
Supporters

The leather in your shoes could come from cattle that contributes to the destruction of the Amazon.

Please send a message to brands like Nike, Timberland, Adidas, Reebok, Clark's, and Geox that you care about where their leather comes from and that it cannot come from Amazon deforestation.


Tropical deforestation accounts for one-fifth of global greenhouse gas emissions, more than the transportation sector worldwide. The biggest driver of deforestation in the Amazon is Brazil's cattle sector, and one of this sector's biggest businesses is the leather industry.

Not only is the cattle industry the main driver of deforestation in the Amazon, but it accounts for 14% of the world's annual deforestation and is Brazil's main source of carbon emissions. When we allow the Amazon to be destroyed for cattle, we destroy one of the most biodiverse rainforests in the world which releases tons of carbon into the atmosphere contributing to climate change.

Tell companies that every step counts when it comes to saving the Amazon and protecting our climate.

*Warning: Timberland, in a very deceptive move, may respond to you in an email that appears to come from Greenpeace. We'll make counterpoints available soon, but the bottom line is Timberland can not assure their leather isn't coming from Amazon destruction.

Letter to
Adidas Frank Henke
Nike Mark Paker
Timberland J Swartz
I am concerned that, given your company's dependence on leather to make shoes sold around the world, you may be supporting forest destruction, slave labor, the expulsion of indigenous groups within the Amazon Rainforest, and global climate change.

Tropical deforestation accounts for one-fifth of global greenhouse gas emissions, more than the transportation sector worldwide. The biggest driver of deforestation in the Amazon is Brazil's cattle sector, and one of this sector's biggest supporters is the leather industry.

Because the cattle industry is the main driver of deforestation in the Amazon, it accounts for 14% of the world's annual deforestation and is Brazil's main source of carbon emissions. When we allow the Amazon to be destroyed for cattle, we destroy one of the most biodiverse rainforests in the world, which releases tons of carbon into the atmosphere, contributing to climate change.

As a consumer, I want to be confident that when I buy your shoes I have not contributed to Amazon destruction and climate change. The only way to ensure you are not supporting deforestation of the Amazon for cattle is to work with Greenpeace on a permanent global solution to both deforestation and climate change. The footwear industry is the largest purchaser of leather worldwide and is a major economic force driving this expansion into the Amazon. For this reason, if you are not a part of the solution, you are a part of the problem. In the fight to save the Amazon and our climate every step will count. I look forward to hearing what steps you will take to help solve this problem.