PD calls on Malta to take leading role in protecting Amazon

A burning tract of Amazon jungle is seen while as it is being cleared by loggers and farmers in Porto Velho, Brazil August 23, 2019. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Partit Demokratiku (PD) is calling for Malta to take a leading role in protecting the Amazon by joining France and Ireland in threatening to block the EU-MERCOSUR trade deal from going through. The deal commits Brazil to meet its Paris Climate Accord targets, but the Amazon is currently under siege under Jair Bolsonaro’s Presidency.

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In a statement, PD explained that every minute, the Amazon loses an area equivalent to one-and-a-half football fields, and this excludes the potentially man-made fires ravaging the rainforest. PD Interim Leader Godfrey Farrugia insisted that island states are particularly vulnerable to climate change, and therefore Malta must do its part to tackle the climate emergency. Therefore, the Party is calling on Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, who “must ratify the EU-MERCOSUR trade deal, to send a message to Brazil to protect the Amazon.” It is believed that since taking office in January, Brazil’s new President, Jair Bolsonaro, has increased the rate of deforestation by over 60%.

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The Party insisted that products produced as a result of increasing Amazon deforestation must be boycotted. Deputy Leader Timothy Alden added that “we must not provide a market for such goods, or it makes us Europeans equally responsible for the destruction.”

PD concluded the statement explaining that there is therefore no greater service to the nation than this fight, and all actions taken by Malta’s MPs and MEPs in protection of our planet are to be commended.

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