The EU is currently concluding a new major trade agreement with Brazil and the so-called MERCOSUR countries, which in addition to the aforementioned Brazil include Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay.
A recently published study made by YouGov for the Rainforest Fund Norway shows that the Danes are against this agreement, as long as there is violent deforestation in the Amazon.
As many as 73.3 percent of the respondents agree that Denmark should demand a halt to deforestation in the Amazon before the trade agreement with the MERCOSUR countries can be approved in Denmark – even if this means less exports.
The rainforest is severely threatened. The clearing of the Amazon rainforest has increased drastically under President Jair Bolsonaro and is now on it highest level in 12 years. Therefore, it may be out with Amazon within a short number of years. At present, a trade agreement can both be seen as a reward for Bolsonaro’s policy and at the same time increase deforestation further, for example, the agreement will lead to an increase in beef imports to the EU, which will increase deforestation in Amazon with 25%.
12 countries are included in the survey, which was published on 11 February, and Denmark is close to the overall result, which shows that, on average, 75 per cent agree that the agreement should not be concluded. The agreement is most opposed in Portugal, where as many as 85 percent of respondents are against entering into the agreement as long as deforestation in Brazil continues.
So there is a great deal of agreement among the entire European population that increased trade must not create increased deforestation, and that we should not enter into an agreement at all with a country that is in the process of destroying the world’s largest rainforest. This should be taken into account by all national politicians and the European Parliament.
The study was made by the YouGov analysis institute for the Rainforest Fund Norway. It is based on 12,073 CAWI interviews in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, France, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Portugal, Germany, England and Austria. The respondents are all +18 and were interviewed in the period 12-21 January 2021.
Source: IT-Kanalen by it-kanalen.dk.
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