Sign this petition to save a tree in the Amazons before it’s too late!

  • by: Sonia Yu
  • recipient: Mauro Vieira ; Jair Bolsonaro

There are plenty of reasons why we should care whether or not the Amazon Rainforests are going to be demolished. The current president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, is supporting and planning on cutting down most or all of the rainforest! As an article, Popular Science reports, "Among his many controversial statements, Bolsonaro vows to open up indigenous lands to resource exploitation, ban environmental NGOs like the World Wildlife Fund, place Brazil's environmental ministry under the control of its ministry of agriculture, and relax laws safeguarding the Amazon from development. Earlier in the election cycle, he threatened to back out of the Paris climate accords, a stance he has now relaxed. But remaining part of the accords won't mean much if all of his election promises come to pass." He was planning to back out of the Paris Climate agreement, which was agreed with the United Nations. This agreement bestows on bringing countries together to stop climate change.

Trees are essential in our life, and life on this planet. They help make life on earth sustainable. Trees have been scientifically proven to remove carbon dioxide and convert it into oxygen. The rainforest also generates rainfall, the plants release water vapor and moisture into the atmosphere. When there is enough water vapor, the clouds get too heavy and form rain. But according to National Geographic, "Farming, grazing of livestock, mining, and drilling combined account for more than half of all deforestation. Forestry practices, wildfires and, in small part, urbanization account for the rest. In Malaysia and Indonesia, forests are cut down to make way for producing palm oil, which can be found in everything from shampoo to saltines. In the Amazon, cattle ranching and farms—particularly soy plantations—are key culprits.
Logging operations, which provide the world's wood and paper products, also fell countless trees each year. Loggers, some of them acting illegally, also build roads to access more and more remote forests—which leads to further deforestation. Forests are also cut as a result of growing urban sprawl as land is developed for homes." We're losing the Amazons faster than we're emiting harmful gases into the atmosphere. Not only should be be concerned about the trees, we also need to protect endangered species. The main reason animals become endangered or extinct is usually because of loss of natural habitat or over hunting. Scientists have discovered around a million or so species of plants and animals. There is at least 5 million species waiting to be found. We'll lose our world before we get to find them. We only have one earth. Sign this petition to enforce illegal logging laws, and stop Bolsonaro from taking away earth's precious jewel.

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