Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously on Wednesday to create a plan to stop the purchase of products that contributed to the destruction of the Amazon rainforest and the slaughter of indigenous peoples in Brazil.
“We need to change the way the city spends its money to allow the Brazilian government and the companies that are comfortable with this terrible action that Amazon’s rainforest is an international treasure … (a) it supports for life and biodiversity necessary for the whole world, ”said Councilor Paul Koretz, who proposed the policy changes with Councilor David Ryu.
“The city has long used its purchasing power as a tool to influence policies in other regions. I don’t think it has ever been a stronger issue in terms of the future of the planet than this one,” said Koretz. .
Oscar-winning actor Joaquin Phoenix and recording artist Moby came to the Council Chamber to replicate their support.
The tender was drafted by Koretz and Ryu in November in conjunction with New York City Council, which introduced a similar proposal, calling for a further 35,000 cities in the country to enter the boycott.
“The most disastrous happened because of the destruction of the Amazon’s rainforest is not to use much of the things it produces,” said Councilor Paul Krekorian, referring to palm oils used to snack packaged with low nutritional value. “ It is very ugly that the world could let this happen. “
The Council also voted unanimously to adopt two resolutions, which would support legislation to require the labeling of products originating from the rainforest and to support legislation that would prevent major deforestation operations for logging, throughout California.
A state bill, AB 2002, was introduced to support the city’s efforts to halt deforestation.
The 13-0 council voted on the three items.
The city staff will report to the council in 45 days on policies and procedures that it can put in place to stop the purchase of products that resulted in the deforestation of the Amazon rainforest or the killing of indigenous people.
“The importance of the Amazon’s rainforest cannot be very derogatory, ” said Ryu.` `These fires are not happening by accident. They are serious. But there is good news: we can like Individual cities stop this … We can eliminate the incentive that is driving these fires in the first place. “