Want to Help Save the Amazon Rainforest?
Want to help save the Amazon? Help stop the devastating BR-319 (Manaus-Porto Velho) Highway!
If completed, this highway will cut the Amazon rainforest in half. See the quick video above.
The highway will not only have massive local effects along its route (increasing deforestation, fires, illegal land colonization and speculation, wildlife poaching, illicit logging, increased greenhouse gas emissions) but will also have much broader impacts—accelerating forest loss and degradation right through the heart of the Amazon rainforest.
The highway is also going to be extremely expensive to complete and to maintain, in the challenging high-rainfall environment of the central Amazon. The economic costs will far outweigh the economic benefits of the highway.
Please do one of the following:
1. If you are a Brazilian or speak Portuguese, go to this link (http://www.mma.gov.br/informma/item/8689-gabinete-do-ministro-de-estado-do-meio-ambiente).
Telephone or email the offices of the Minister, Jose Sarney Filho, and his top advisors (Diva Carvalho, Leonardo Margonato). Tell them that you are very worried about the environmental, economic and social impacts of the BR-319 (Manaus-Porto Velho) highway, which will help to cut the Amazon rainforest in half. Tell them that the road will have massive local effects, and also much broader impacts by increasing human colonization and degradation across the heart of the Amazon.
2. If you are not Brazilian or don’t speak Portuguese, send an email message to the Honorable Jose Sarney Filho, Minister, Brazilian Ministry for the Environment (MMA) (email@example.com).
Ask him in respectful terms to halt the BR-319 Highway, which is going to cause far more environmental degradation than economic advantage. You can also copy in his top advisors (firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com).
For further information on how big highways will affect the Amazon and other tropical regions, see here: http://www.global-roadmap.org/publications