Stop the World Bank carve-up of the Congo forests!
We are asking people around the world to sign an online petition asking the World Bank to immediately halt plans for the expansion of industrial logging in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Read on to find out more, and don't forget to forward this to friends and colleagues, as we need as many signatures as possible.
Logging the Congo rainforests will cut down more than just trees!
The rainforests of the Congo - which are the second largest on Earth after those of the Amazon - are imminently threatened. New laws being introduced under the guidance of the World Bank, as well as a 'zoning' of the country's forests, will potentially see an area the size of France handed out to logging companies.
35 million people (75% of Congo's national population) live in and around the forests, and depend on it for food, shelter, and natural medicines. The forests are also home to thousands of plant and animal species, including the lowland Gorilla, chimpanzees, forest elephants, and the rare okapi. So far, the rainforests have largely been spared widespread destruction.
However, the new laws, which are due to come into effect this year, will encourage a massive expansion of the timber industry, including a 60-fold increase in industrial logging.
This could be the start of the first major environmental and humanitarian catastrophe of the 21st century.
The Rainforest Foundation, along with dozens of environmental and human rights groups from the Democratic Republic of Congo is calling on the World Bank to immediately halt plans for the expansion of industrial logging of the Democratic Republic of Congo, and to ensure that the rights of people living in the forest are respected.
Please spare two minutes to sign the online World Bank petition and forward this email on to your friends and colleagues?
The Rainforest Foundation
We the undersigned are extremely concerned at the proposed 'development' of the forest of the Democratic Republic of Congo. We believe this will have major repercussions for the rights and livelihoods of millions of Congolese people, with serious and irreversible consequences for the forest environment.
We call on the World Bank to immediately halt plans for the expansion of industrial logging in the Democratic Republic of Congo. We call upon you instead to support the strengthening of the rights of people living in the forest, and to ensure that strict safeguards are put in place to protect the forest and environment
The Stop the World Bank carve-up of the Congo forests! petition to The World Bank was written by Rainforest Foundation and is in the category Human Rights at GoPetition.