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To: All NY lawmakers & NY Governor Kathy Hochul

NY State can lead the way NOW to stopping global deforestation!

NY State can lead the way NOW to stopping global deforestation!

Dear New York Senators, Assemblymembers, and Governor Hochul,

Pass a vital bill: the New York Deforestation-Free Procurement Act, S5921! It will require that state contractors have policies to stop destruction of tropical and boreal forests and ensure the protection of fundamental Indigenous rights. Please champion this bill - you can be the transformative change we need to craft a just and sustainable world.

Why is this important?

If it passes, the NY Deforestation-free Bill can protect some of the world's most vital ecosystems, curb deforestation, inspire other states to do the same, and help humanity actually address climate change.

Deforestation is a major driver of climate change. It causes 10 to 15 percent of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. What's more, keeping forests standing and promoting reforestation is a key solution to reversing climate chaos. If deforestation were a country, it would be the third largest “country” in terms of emissions.

We need to fight for climate solutions on the federal AND the State level, and NY State can lead the way. Bill S.5921 is simple. It would ensure that products New York State buys are not contributing to the deforestation of the earth's most precious forests.

If NY pulls this off, it'll be the first State in the US to do so. But NY won't be alone. In fact, the European Union and the United Kingdom are already creating regulations to curb imported deforestation into their jurisdictions. By having NY do the right thing, we can send a message to other countries and companies that they should do the same.

Sign our petition to pass a strong law to fight deforestation! Be a forest champion and help save this planet for future generations.

How it will be delivered

In person to NY lawmakers, with NRDC, Friends of the Earth, and Sierra Club

Updates

2022-07-02 17:00:51 -0400

50 signatures reached

2022-06-26 15:21:53 -0400

25 signatures reached

2022-05-28 22:55:29 -0400

10 signatures reached