Κυριακή, 30 Αυγούστου 2015

Fwd: The best idea ever


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Dear Avaazers,

This is the best idea ever.

You know the Amazon -- provides 20% of the planet's oxygen, 10% of our biodiversity, our best defence against climate change and home to unique indigenous peoples?

They're cutting it down, at the rate of over 16 football fields *in the time it takes to read this email*. No joke.

How do we stop it? Here's the idea -- the world's first, international, fully protected, incredibly massive, reserve park!! A million of us have already backed this idea -- and the Colombian government supports it! Now we just need to win Brazil. President Dilma's popularity is in the toilet right now, and she needs a crowd pleaser -- Brazilians love the Amazon, so insiders say she could go for it!

This park will be twice the size of *France*. It sounds like a dream, but we are within striking distance of winning -- one of the best things we ever did. But as soon as it gets close to a win, the ranching and mining lobbies will come hard at it with fistfuls of corrupt money. We need a full bells and whistles publicity campaign to get President Dilma behind this and quickly! If 50,000 of us donate the cost of a drink or meal in the next 24 hours, we can do it.

Chip in to help make the Amazon into the world's largest park:



Avaaz has 7 million members in Brazil and we're working closely with indigenous leaders -- there's no one better placed than us to drive a public campaign like this. But to make sure the halls of power hear our community's voices loud enough to overcome the lobbyists, we need funds to amplify them through tactics like:
  • Media and ads including inspiring appeals from Brazilian celebrities.
  • Visits of indigenous leaders to promote the idea and meet with top leaders.
  • National and global media visits to the area to broadcast this story of hope, and ramp up media pressure for it to be endorsed.
  • Stunts and rallies to dramatise the call to action.
  • Targeted personal appeals to President Dilma from her favourite authors and actors.
  • A team to follow the government's process and respond quickly to each twist and turn.
There are only 3 massive old-growth forests left on the planet, and we need the Amazon to survive. So do the indigenous peoples that live there. It seems almost too good to believe, but this really could be a historic game-changer for the long fight to save the Amazon.

We've played a central role in winning huge battles like this before -- including a law in Brazil that turfed thousands of corrupt politicians out of politics. Let's stand with the indigenous peoples of this ancient forest land, and make the global treasure of the Amazon into the world's largest park:


Our community is precious for our capacity to see the biggest challenges the world is facing, and meet them head-on with the most powerful solutions. When others might complain and despair, we care, and act. This is a classic case of that -- if we help win this park, it will be one of our biggest accomplishments ever. Feeling tremendously grateful for every smart, caring, committed person in this movement.

With hope, excitement and gratitude,

Ricken, Emma, Alaphia, Nataliya, Alex, Alice, Laila and the whole Avaaz team

SOURCES:

Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela plan new ecological corridor (The Brics Post)
http://thebricspost.com/brazil-colombia-venezuela-plan-new-ecological-corridor/#.VeBhM-m26FJ

Amazon Deforestation Takes a Turn for the Worse (Scientific American)
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/amazon-deforestation-takes-a-turn-for-the-worse/

Deforestation tripled in the Amazon as experts warn more 'extreme events' (The Telegraph)
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/southamerica/brazil/11556420/Deforestation-tripled-in-the-Amazon-say-researchers-as-experts-warn-more-extreme-events.html

Farming the Amazon (National Geographic)
http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/habitats/last-of-amazon/

Lungs of the world has lost a 10th of its trees in 5 decades (International Business Times)
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/amazon-rainforest-lungs-world-has-lost-10th-its-trees-5-decades-1497696

Amazon deforestation increased by one-third in past year (The Guardian)
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/nov/15/amazon-deforestation-increased-one-third



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