Save the Amazon!

To President Dilma Rousseff:

We call on you to take immediate action to save Brazil's precious forests by vetoing the changes to the forest law. We also urge you to prevent further murders of environmental activists and workers by increasing law enforcement against illegal loggers and ramping up protection for people at risk from violence or death. The world needs Brazil to be an international leader on the environment. Your strong action now will safeguard the planet for future generations.  
 
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Posted: 9 May 2012
The Brazilian Congress has just passed a catastrophic forestry bill that gives loggers and farmers free rein to cut down huge swaths of the Amazon. Now only President Dilma can stop it.

Fortunately, the timing is on our side -- in weeks Dilma will host the world’s biggest environmental summit and insiders say she cannot afford to open it as the leader who approved the destruction of the rainforest. She’s facing mounting domestic pressure, with 79% of Brazilians rejecting this new bill. Now, if we join them we can turn up the global heat and push her to axe the bill, not the rainforest.

Dilma will make her decision in the next 24 hours. Let's get her to veto the bill now. Use the form on the right to sign the urgent petition to stop the Amazon chainsaw massacre and if you have already signed -- send this to everyone.

* Avaaz is joining hands with Greenpeace, WWF and key Brazilian organizations to amplify the impact of this crucial campaign.

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