Norway is so woke to deforestation, it’s the first nation to outlaw it.
On May 24, Norway committed to zero deforestation, reports UN partner Climate Action. The groundbreaking move means that the nation pledges to ban any product in its supply chain that contributes to the deforestation of rainforests through the government’s public procurement policy
Tributary of the Amazon River.
“This is an important victory in the fight to protect the rainforest. Over the last few years, a number of companies have committed to cease the procurement of goods that can be linked to destruction of the rainforest,” Nils Hermann Ranum of Rainforest Foundation Norway said in a statement on the organization’s site.
“Until now, this has not been matched by similar commitments from governments. Thus, it is highly positive that the Norwegian state is now following suit and making the same demands when it comes to public procurements.”
The foundation has campaigned for years to make this a reality.
At the UN Climate Summit in New York in 2014, Norway, Germany and the U.K. pledged to “promote national commitments that encourage deforestation-free supply chains,” through public procurement policies and to sustainably source products like palm oil, soy, beef and timber.
Virgin Amazon rain forest surrounds patches of deforested land prepared for the planting of soybeans.
According to Climate Action, production of palm oil, soy, beef and wood products in seven countries with high deforestation rates (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay, Indonesia, Malaysia and Papua New Guinea) contributed to 40 percent of total tropical deforestation and 44 percent of associated carbon emissions between 2000 and 2011.
This is not Norway’s first anti-deforestation rodeo, either.
In 2008, Norway gave Brazil — which is home to 60 percent of the Amazon — $1 billion to help fight deforestation.
And Brazil delivered.
Mato Grosso State in the Amazon jungle, one of the Brazilian states of greatest deforestation.
By 2015, the South American nation reduced deforestation by a whopping 75 percent, saving more than 33,000 square miles of forest and keeping 3.2 billion tons of carbon dioxide kept out of the atmosphere — an amount that’s three times bigger than the effect of taking all the cars in the U.S. off the road for a year, according to National Geographic.
Aerial view of Amazon rainforest in Amazonas State, Venezuela,
“Other countries should follow Norway’s leadership and adopt similar zero deforestation commitments,” Ranum said.
“In particular, Germany and the UK must act, following their joint statement at the UN Climate Summit.”
And I mean...Europeans and Latin Americans have been working on a trade agreement, the Mercosur, for 20 years.
In June 2019 Angela Merkel sent a letter to Brussels. Together with six European counterparts, the otherwise indecisive Chancellor called for the EU Commission to finally conclude the free trade agreement with the South American Mercosur states after endless negotiations.
“A historic strategic opportunity,” she called the desired treaty with Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay, and Merkel (including loyal partners), and urged Jean-Claude Juncker, the head of the Commission at the time, to act quickly.
The word climate protection did not appear in the letter.
There have long been warnings that this agreement threatens to become a climate killer.
Because it would enable the Mercosur countries to export more beef and other agricultural goods to Europe.
And more agriculture in South America means destroying more rainforest to build pastures for the animals and soya plantations.
Although under Jair Bolsonaro the deforestation of the rainforest has increased dramatically and the planned agreement Mercosur would be a bit in the wrong direction, “the EU and the South American confederation Mercosur agreed on an ambitious and comprehensive free trade agreement on June 28, 2019” ( Quotation from the website of the EU Commission)
The EU Commission remains optimistic, it said.
That is the other word for irresponsibility, greed for profit and ignorance of the climate.
It is therefore very likely that Germany will disregard the joint declarations of the UN climate summit. For business reasons.
Because the opposite would be a conflict with his contractual partner from Mercosur.
My best regards to all, Venus