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 or wild savannahs. The cookies you love may contain unsustainable palm oil or cocoa cultivated on land snatched from Indigenous Peoples and local communities.
The EU has the power to help stop this destruction: It can do this by passing an ambitious law that prevents 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 in December 2020.
Together, we sent a powerful message: It’s time for the EU to stop being part of the problem, and become part of the solution.
A year on, the European Commission has presented a legislative proposal to curb the impact of EU consumption on the world’s forests. It is not perfect and there are some flaws that need to be ironed out, but it is a strong start - and that’s undoubtedly thanks to you!
Over the coming months, the law will be discussed by national governments and members of the European Parliament in order to agree on a final text - we will be watching them closely! We will continue to mobilise to ensure policy-makers increase the level of ambition.
Your support can make all the difference - watch this space and join the #Together4Forests movement!