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e-2957 (Foreign affairs)

Initiated by Reykia Fik from Ottawa, Ontario

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Minister of Foreign Affairs

  • Fires in the Amazon rainforest reached the highest level in a decade this year;
  • The adjacent Pantanal wetlands and Cerrado savanna have also had devastating fires and ecosystem destruction;
  • These fires are almost all deliberately set, mainly by land-grabbers and ranchers to clear land for cattle grazing and industrial agriculture;
  • Deforestation and fires have dramatically increased since Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro came to power;
  • His government has actively dismantled environmental regulations, enforcement, and Indigenous rights protections;
  • Indigenous Peoples in Brazil are experiencing especially high levels of violence, land appropriation and other human rights violations;
  • Deforestation in the Amazon is approaching a tipping point beyond which the rainforest may not recover;
  • The loss of this rainforest would adversely affect the security of all humankind; and
  • Canada is negotiating a trade deal that is projected to increase meat and soy imports from Brazil, and would legitimize the environmental and human rights violations of the Bolsonaro government.
We, the undersigned, citizens and residents of Canada, call upon the Minister of Foreign Affairs to :
1) Immediately terminate the Canada-Mercosur free trade deal negotiations; and
2) Make a public statement that the Bolsonaro government’s assault on the environment and human rights is unacceptable to Canada.
Open for signature
October 29, 2020, at 11:21 a.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
November 28, 2020, at 11:21 a.m. (EDT)
Photo - Paul Manly
Green Party Caucus
British Columbia
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