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Bolivia: Stop the Destruction of the Amazon

To the President of Bolivia, Evo Morales:

As concerned global citizens, we call on you to reject all OAS permits to build the highway through the TIPNIS park, until the project can be thoroughly evaluated. Adequate evaluation must include feasibility studies of alternate routes that avoid protected rainforest, and full and binding consultation with the indigenous people holding rights over the TIPNIS territory. We urge you to lead us to a sustainable future for all people by protecting this essential ecosystem.

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Bolivia's government is about to approve a mega-highway that could enable foreign companies to pillage the world’s most important forest. But, Bolivians are fighting back and today we have a massive opportunity to help them win -- top Bolivian ministers have agreed to a meeting with Avaaz in New York.

Huge economic interests are pushing Morales to approve the final permits for a highway through the Amazon. But a massive protest in Bolivia and an outcry from Avaaz members across Latin America are ramping up the pressure to stop the highway -- in response, Bolivia's Foreign and Interior Ministers have just agreed to take time out from meeting world leaders to personally receive our petition week! Let’s supercharge our call before the meeting.

Over 90,000 Latin Americans have joined this campaign the last few days. Now let’s show Morales and his government that the world wants them to stand up for the Amazon by stopping this destructive highway. Sign the urgent petition, then forward this message to everyone.

Posted: 20 September 2011

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