The Norwegian government has pledged that the nation will become the first country in the world to be deforestation-free. This is a stunning victory for environmentalists, protecting nature has taken precedence to preserve human life.
This means that the parliament will no longer allow government contracts to any company that cuts down and destroys forests. Many products that we use every day are linked to rainforest deforestation, from tropical timber and soy to palm oil. The government will now no longer buy these products.
“This is an important victory in the fight to protect the rainforest. Over the last few years, a number of companies have committed to cease the procurement of goods that can be linked to the destruction of the rainforest,” said Nils Hermann Ranum of Rainforest Foundation Norway. “Until now, this has not been matched by similar commitments from governments. Thus, it is highly positive that the Norwegian state is now following suit and making the same demands when it comes to public procurements.”
This is an effort to “promote national commitments that encourage deforestation-free supply chains,” the Norwegian government has called upon Germany and the United Kingdom to cease all deforestation. They request the countries use the power of state to “sustainably source commodities such as palm oil, soy, beef and timber.”
The Norwegian government has called on other nations to do the same, specifically the UK and Germany.
This is an important step in the fight for our planet!