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Fires in the Amazon

Brazil's Amazon rainforest could collapse within a few decades, choked by intentional fires and reckless deforestation! But the European Union could use a crucial trade deal to ensure the forest is protected.

Fire and deforestation scar the Iriri national forest reserve near Novo Progresso in the Brazilian Amazon. Photograph: Lucas Landau/The Guardian

Last year, the fires in the Amazon caught the attention of media and the public. A year later the fires are still raging across the world's largest rainforest. Despite the public awareness, military mobilization and burning ban there had only been an 8% reduction in fires between mid-July and mid-August compared with last year*.

Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil's president, stated that he would open the Amazon up to development when he took office in January of 2019.

Bolsonaro is desperate to close a multimillion-dollar trade deal with the European Union, but with the forest ablaze, EU leaders are considering last-minute changes to build Amazon protections into the deal.

Sign this petition to tell EU leaders to suspend the ratification of the EU-Mercosur Trade Agreement until President Bolsonaro takes effective measures to protect the Amazon and the rights of forest defenders, and comply with the Paris climate agreement


Although most of the Amazon rainforest is in Brazil, if it dies the whole world may die with it.

Amazon Watch, September 2020

What can you do?

1. Sponsor an acre of threatened cloud forest in Ecuador, or become a member of Rainforest Concern

2. Support our partners, Amazon Watch. For over a decade, Rainforest Concern have worked with Amazon Watch, protecting the rainforests of the Amazon Basin, and in particular, the forests of Brazil.