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#Together4Forests

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Climate change, raging forest fires, and sprawling agriculture are wiping out our planet’s forests, savannahs and other precious ecosystems.

This devastation of nature is happening fast - and it is directly connected to the meat, dairy, palm oil, coffee and chocolate we eat in Europe. From the Amazon to the Asian rainforests, the EU is responsible for more than 10% of global forest destruction. Your local milk could come from cows fed on soy from land once covered in spectacular forests. The cookies you love may contain unsustainable palm oil or cocoa cultivated on land snatched from Indigenous Peoples.

The EU has the power to help stop this destruction: It can do this by passing a new law that would stop products linked to the destruction of nature from ending up on the EU’s supermarket shelves. 

Through the #Together4Forests campaign, more than 1 million people demanded a strong, new EU law to protect the world’s forests and other ecosystems, and fed straight into the European Commission’s public consultation on deforestation. We thank each and every one of you for your support - together, you sent a powerful message: It’s time for the EU to stop being part of the problem, and become part of the solution. 

These submissions were handed over to the European Commission on Monday 14 December in an online event. Hear what Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans, Executive Vice-President for the European Green Deal, and Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius, EU Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries had to say in the video below. 

We will be there every step of the way to ensure the EU follows through and comes up with a strong, ambitious legislative proposal in 2021 - watch this space!
 

Contact

​Liesbeth Van den Bossche
EU Campaign Manager
+32 477 81 10 20
@L_VdBossche

Anke Schulmeister - Oldenhove
Senior Forest Policy Officer
+32 485 84 31 44
@ASchulmeisterO

Alejandra Morales
Senior Communications Officer, Deforestation
+32 488 84 98 05
@Alex_delrey

Raquel Sancho Rovira
Campaign Assistant

Latest News
02 Dec 2021

After months of negotiations, the European institutions last night agreed to strengthen the EU’s next Environment Framework Programme.

17 Nov 2021

With this proposal, the Commission is putting the EU on the way to tackle global deforestation. However, some loopholes must still be closed.

10 Nov 2021

55+ NGOs call on the European Commission to not weaken upcoming deforestation legislation in a letter published today.

27 Oct 2021

Will the upcoming EU law stop imported deforestation?

30 Sep 2021

More than 50,000 fires and almost 4,000 km² of destroyed land so far in 2021 in the Cerrado, the biggest soy supplier to the EU.