Mass Mobilization site Avaaz has gathered massive support for its call to save Brazil’s precious forests by vetoing the changes to the forest law. The petition also asks the current government of the country to increase law enforcement against illegal loggers to prevent further murders of environmental activists and workers.
The original target was 1 million, but the cause has attracted so many supporters that this has now been revised to 1,500,000
“Unless we act now,” the site claims “vast tracts of our planet’s lungs could be opened up to clear-cutting devastation.”
Importantly, however, this is not something that the international community is seeking to impose upon an unwilling Brazilian population. 79% of Brazilians support a veto of the forest law changes and this internal pressure is leading some in Dilma’s administration to back it as well. Avaaz hopes that this vast show of support from the international community will add to the considerable internal momentum building up against the proposed laws.