On Tuesday, Greenpeace handed over close to 25,000 signatures to Minister of Trade and Industry Iselin Nybø (V), demanding that the trade agreement between Norway and Brazil be stopped.
The campaign demands that Norway stop the free trade agreement between the EFTA countries and Norway on the one hand, and the Mercosur countries and Brazil on the other, until the deforestation in the Amazon is under control, newspaper Vårt Land writes.
“We are losing the rainforest bit by bit due to fires and deforestation. The trade agreement must be stopped if we are to save the rainforest. More trade in this situation is adding petrol to the fire,” Frode Pleym, leader of Greenpeace Norway, told the Minister of Trade and Industry when the signatures were handed over.
In May, 1.2 million acres of rainforest were cut down in Brazil, according to the space research institute INPE. Never before has deforestation been so rampant. Compared with the same month last year, deforestation increased by 41%.
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