Greenpeace posted a large banner at the European Commission’s headquarters in Brussels this Friday to denounce the EU’s “complicity” with the Amazon fires and to call for European action in the face of this crisis.
With a striking poster with burning trees surrounded by fire and smoke, Greenpeace has drawn attention to this problem with a direct slogan: “The Amazon is on fire, Europe guilty”. The activists who removed the huge banner completed the operation by uncovering smoke canisters, giving the impression that the community building was on fire.
“The fires in the Amazon seem far away, but Europe has dumped gasoline on the flames. By buying meat, soybeans for animal feed and other products from deforested areas, Europe is part of what is happening … in the Amazon,” Sini said Eräjää, Head of Municipal Agriculture at Greenpeace, in a press release.
For this reason, the environmental group points out that strict Community legislation is needed to ensure that Europeans make safe purchases and that no supermarket product is linked to human rights abuses and the destruction of the Amazon
Greenpeace has teamed up with 100 other organizations to demand that products destroying the Amazon be withdrawn from the EU market to influence the new law that Brussels is studying to reduce Europe’s contribution to deforestation.