Being Green

September 25, 2008

Save the world: Amazonian forest and EU

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I’ve been talking about saving the world last time a few weeks ago (Save the World: Let’s start with the polar bears first) and here’s another quest for all of you who care about our planet.

I’ll cut straight to subject: I think I don’t have to explain you the importance of Amazonian rainforests in our ecosystem and it’s slowly deforestation is already a known fact. The thing is that a lot of wood is logged illegally in Brazil, and EU is contributing to that by buying smuggled wood. So, what we can do is adopt a new legislation regarding timber law in Europe. And what you can do is sign and send a letter addressed to European Commission President, José Manuel Barroso which will look something like this:

Dear Commission President,

I am writing to urge you to lead the European Commission in adopting legislation that will ensure all timber products placed on the European market are from legal sources and well-managed forests. As the world’s biggest wood importer, Europe has a unique responsibility to help stop deforestation, illegal logging and its impacts on climate, biodiversity and forest communities.

In 2008, Greenpeace has witnessed at least six ships entering the EU carrying timber from companies involved in illegal logging in the Amazon and the Democratic Republic of Congo. These shipments are just the tip of the iceberg, with a large portion of imports sourced from areas where illegal and destructive logging is rampant.

Without an European illegal timber law, I am being made an unwilling accomplice in forest crime. President Barroso, I urge you to do the right thing and approve strong EU timber law now.

This is an essential step that will contribute to protect the climate and forests, reward responsible business and foster sustainable development.

You of course might alter the letter, but it’s important they’ll get the message. Nearly 90,000 supporters already wrote letters and we hope we can reach 100,000 letters sent soon. Be a part of it and save the world by saving the forests! Oh, and did I mentioned it’s an action initiated by Greenpeace? Well it is…


P.S.: I’ve designed a new theme for Google Chrome recently and called it “Go Green” which is meant to bring awareness to environmental issues, so you’re welcome to check it out and use it.

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