Scientists & Indigenous groups unite to call for stricter EU trade with Brazil
We are more than 600 scientists in the EU and 300 Brazilian Indigenous groups (represented by APIB and COIAB) who have come together under a common goal: to urge the EU to make current trade negotiations with Brazil conditional on protecting human rights and the environment.
The EU is a world leader in importing commodities that drive deforestation. Between 1990-2008, the EU imported over one third of all internationally traded crops and livestock products associated with deforestation. Alarmingly, Brazil’s new administration is working to dismantle anti-deforestation policy. Ongoing deforestation in Brazil puts Indigenous rights, global climate stability, and species conservation at risk.
As Brazil’s 2nd largest trading partner, the EU has a critical opportunity to put human rights and the environment at the forefront of current trade negotiations.
Our letter published in Science, provides three recommendations to improve the sustainability of EU trade. If you are a scientist in the EU you’re welcome to sign our letter by clicking below.
Scientists in Europe
Over 600 EU scientists in the field of sustainability are co-signatories of our letter with representatives from every country in the European Union, hover over the map for more details.
Brazilian Indigenous Groups
Over 300 Brazilian Indigenous groups have signed our letter, represented by the Coordination of Indigenous Organizations of the Brazilian Amazon and Brazil’s Indigenous People Articulation.
Members of Parliament standing
in the upcoming election supporting our call
Vice President of the European Parliament
Jordi Solé i Ferrand
Ricardo Serrão Santos
Molly Scott Cato
Dennis de Jong
Patrick Le Hyaric
Liadh Ní Riada
Official letter in Science: Make EU trade with Brazil sustainable
Action not just words vital to save Brazil’s rainforests, The Irish Times
Europe is contributing to widespread deforestation in Brazil, The Irish Times
Academics and Indigenous groups unite to stand up for the natural world, Conservation Bytes
The EU-Mercosur trade deal negotiations – environmental impacts, EU Policies Think-Tank
Politics, trade, and forest conservation, ETH Zurich
Towards Sustainability in EU-Brazil Trade Negotiations, Sustainability Governance
Science in Action (interview starts @18:35 mins), BBC World Service
Pressão externa, Veja (Paywall)
Revista Veja (Print edition)
Cientistas pedem que Europa condicione comércio com Brasil à proteção ambiental, Bom Dia Brazil, Globo
Cientistas europeus exigem que respeito aos povos indígenas seja base de acordo com Brasil, Instituto SocioAmbiental
Cientistas e índios se unem para pedir à UE pressão comercial sobre Brasil, Observatorio Do Clima
Lettre ouverte contre la déforestation au Brésil, Université Angers
Europa ist mitschuldig an der Umweltzerstörung in Brasilien, Humboldt University, Berlin
Hunderte Forscher schicken Präsident Bolsonaro offenen Brief, Spiegel (*note: our letter is directed to the EU, not Bolsonaro)
Politik & Wirtschaft, APA
EU-Handel auf Kosten der Umwelt und indigener Völker, University of Vienna
Volunteer Organizing Team
Dr. Laura Kehoe, University of Oxford, UK;
Tiago Reis, Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium
Dr. Malika Virah-Sawmy, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany
Prof. Tobias Kuemmerle, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany
Dr. Mike Clark, University of Oxford, UK
Eric Lehman, web designer, Barcelona, Spain
Sara Lucena, graphic designer, Barcelona, Spain
Tanja Jensen, motion graphics, Denmark
Nicolai Cryer, data scientist, Denmark