Official Statement on the Amazon Forest Fires and Other Key Forests Worldwide

OFFICIAL STATEMENT ON THE AMAZON FOREST FIRES AND OTHER KEY FORESTS WORLDWIDE

“Our Home, Our House is Burning.”

We are experiencing an International Crisis of epic and catastrophic proportion. More than a million acres of rain forest had already been burned in more than 70,000 forest fires across the Amazon in South America.

The Amazon forest produces about 20% of the world’s oxygen, and is often called “the planet’s lungs.” If this destruction continues then it could start emitting carbon instead which could complicate the current climate situation of the planet.

It is worth mentioning as well that besides the Amazon, several other major fires are happening to key forests across the globe which includes Siberia, the African continent and Indonesia among others.

We, Green Philippines (Aksyon Kalikasan) stand united with the people of Brazil, South America, Siberia, Africa, Indonesia and the world in calling for an immediate action to stop the further spread of these fires.

We condemn the inaction of Brazil’s president, Jair Bolsonaro. His lack of action and of encouraging logging and farming in the Amazon is putting not only the Amazon at risk but the entire planet.

We, as a united green movement and organizing the green party in the Philippines to wit:

  1. Call on the Philippine government headed by President Rodrigo “Roa” Duterte support any action to be taken to help the Amazon and other key forests that continue to be damaged by forest fires.
  2. Call on Brazil and other countries within the vicinity of the Amazon and other key forests to enact laws that will increase protections for them.
  3. Call on the United Nations, the Union of South American Nations (Unasur), G7, the ASEAN, and other related bodies to craft an immediate action and assistance for the areas affected by these fires.
  4. Call on the United Nations to create a task force or peacekeeper to protect the Amazon and if necessary of other vital forest covers.
  5. Seeing that this is not the only recent major forest fire in the world, we call on the United Nations to come up with a Convention or Agreement for the protection of major forest covers worldwide..

We are also encouraging everyone to support and sign the petition at https://secure.avaaz.org/campaign/en/amazon_apocalypse_loc/?caeghgb and other related petitions.

On our end, we will continue to do our own effort of protecting the environment by initiating projects that will both protect existing forest covers in the Philippines and if possible increase them atleast 50 percent forest cover in all the major islands.

Together our voices are strong. Together we can help.

David D’Angelo
National Spokesperson
Green Philippines (Aksyon Kalikasan)
advocacy@greenparty.ph
dave@greenparty.ph

Note: This Official Statement is approved by the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of Green Philippines (Aksyon Kalikasan) and constitutes their official position.

Sign the PETITION CALLING FOR A DECLARATION OF CLIMATE EMERGENCY.


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