Every Brasilian, please we need u to act now!!!!


Please ask any Brasil friend to participate in this, it is important for the future of this earth!! READ THIS it is a copy i made from the article u will see if u use the url, but please don’t forget to ask all Brazilians u know to act now!!!!!

Brazil’s powerful farmers’ lobby argues that the changes will promote  sustainable food production. But environmentalists say the new forest code will be a disaster and lead to  further destruction of the Amazon.The bill now goes to President Dilma Rousseff, who may use her veto to remove  some clauses. Wednesday’s 247-184 vote in favour of the new forest code capped a year of  political wrangling. Brazil’s farmers have long pushed for changes, arguing that uncertainty over  the current legislation has undermined investment in the agriculture sector,  which accounts for more than 5% of GDP. Severe environmental restrictions have also forced many smaller farmers off  their land, they argue.

Missed targets?Rural producers would have “more stability and political support,” said  Deputy Paulo Piau, who drew up the Chamber’s version of the bill.

“Production and the environment will only benefit from that. With a confused  law there is no benefit,” he said.

Aerial picture on 29 November 29, 2009 shows a sector of the Amazon forest, in the state of Para, in northern Brazil, illegally deforested Cattle farming, crop production  and logging are the main drivers of illegal clearing of the rainforest

But opponents said the new law was a step back.

“Over the years, we have slowed deforestation and intensified production. Now  we are going to modify all the things that resulted in the decrease of  deforestation by changing the legislation,” said Deputy Sarney Filho.

Greenpeace urged President Rousseff to veto the changes, saying: “It is  unbelievable that the forest code is being eroded weeks before Brazil hosts the  Rio summit (on sustainable development).”

Several former environment ministers had warned that Brazil would miss its  emissions targets if the code were weakened, Greenpeace noted. Deforestation of the Amazon has slowed in recent years, as a result of better  law enforcement, with authorities using satellite images to track clearance. Under the Forest Code, which dates back to 1965, landowners must conserve a  percentage of their terrain forested, ranging from 20% in some regions to 80% in  the Amazon.

This provision remains, but environmentalists say other changes to the code  will erode key protections.

Under the new bill, farmers will be able to cultivate land closer to hilltops  and riverbanks, which are especially vulnerable to erosion if trees are chopped  down. The bill also provides an amnesty from fines for illegally clearing trees  before July 2008, although larger landholders would have to replant most of the  cleared area or preserve the same amount of land elsewhere.

President Rousseff faces a political dilemma, correspondents say, as she  seeks to combine support for economic development, but also uphold environmental  pledges made during her election campaign in 2010

Brazils deforesting-map

Brazils deforesting-map

Here u see the map, it is already bad, but if we cannot help it now, Brasil will keep on disforesting and the whole world will get less air, water and so on, this is major important!!!!


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