This chain letter has been distributed for a number of years. Regardless of
the legitimacy or otherwise of the original petition, Sophos understands that
the proposed law was shelved by Brazil's Congress on 18 May 2000.
The text of this chain letter reads as follows:
Please read sign and pass on...
The Brazilian Congress is now voting on a project that will reduce the Amazon
forest by 50% of its size. Your opposition will take only 20 seconds of your
time, but benefit generations to come.
The area to be deforested is 4 times the size of Portugal and would be mainly
used for agriculture and pastures for livestock. All the wood is to be sold to
international markets in the form of wood chips, by large multinational
companies. The truth is that the soil in the Amazon forest is useless without
the forest itself. Its quality is very acidic and the region is prone to
constant floods. At this time more than 160,000 square kilometres deforested
with the same purpose are abandoned and in the process of becoming deserts.
Deforestation and the subsequent processing (of the wood chips) on this scale
will also release huge amounts of carbon (which is currently locked up in the
wood) into the atmosphere worsening the problem of climate change.
Please copy the text into a 'new email' put your complete name in the list
below, and send to everyone you know.
Don't just forward it, as it will compound confusing e-punctuation which
ultimately distracts and discourages involvement
If you are the 400th person to sign please send a copy to:
And thank you for your help.