Fires, clear-cutting, illegal and unsustainable logging and deforestation
are putting forests and other vital ecosystems like grasslands and peatlands at risk.
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.
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, 1.2 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. Together, they sent a powerful message: It’s time for the EU to stop being part of the problem, and become part of the solution.
Following the EC proposal for a new EU Deforestation law in November 2021, MEPs in the Environment Committee of the European Parliament have sent in their proposals for changes (amendments). These will be discussed and agreed upon until the vote in the Committee on the 11/12 July. A vote on the final text in plenary is scheduled for the week of September 12. In parallel, environment ministers are discussing key elements of the law and the next Environment Council meeting will be held on 28 June.
Meanwhile, across Europe, people are getting in touch with MEPs, to make sure that the law will not be watered down
. You too can join the #Together4Forests movement now or stay up to date with the latest news here