Europe’s hunger for land is driving deforestation around the world, and makes the EU complicit in the Amazon fires. To save the Amazon and fight climate breakdown, EU farming policy has to change, writes Marco Contiero.
People around the world have been shocked by the images of pristine Amazon rainforest in flames, and the dire warnings from scientists of the severe consequences that this destruction has – for local biodiversity, Indigenous Peoples and the global climate.
All over the world, young people are taking to the streets, asking for immediate political action to avoid the worst effects of climate breakdown. Many are demanding protection for the world’s forests, our best line of defense against climate chaos, and are asking our society to stop gorging itself on meat and dairy.
Because they know: these fires and their impacts are not natural disasters, they are very much man-made – forests in South America are purposefully cleared to make way for cattle farms, or to grow animal feed.
More shockingly perhaps, although others poured the petrol and lit the matches, Europe shares the responsibility for these forest fires.