You may have seen how a new Greenpeace report ties together the Brazilian cattle industry, deforestation and several popular global shoe brands who are using what is in essence 'deforestation leather'. If you didn't see the story the first time around, check out this quick video which summarizes the issues, dig into the full Slaughtering the Amazon report, and then take action:Tell Nike, Timberland, Adidas, Reebok, Clark's, and Geox that you don't want you shoes contributing to global climate change by increasing deforestation in the Amazon.
Deforestation a Bigger Global Problem Than Transport
Here are the crucial stats:
The cattle industry is now the driving factor in deforestation in the Amazon, with cattle pastures now occupying land the size of Iceland. Cattle raising in Brazil is responsible for 14% of all the tropical deforestation in the world, and is their largest source of greenhouse gas emissions. Including emissions from deforestation, Brazil is the third largest emitter of greenhouse gases in the world.
All told, global deforestation and agriculture is a greater source of greenhouse gas emissions than the entire transport sector.
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