“Brazil has become an environmental pariah”

Published by
Peter Kavinsky

Alba Santandreu I

Sao Paulo, (EFE) – Marina Silva was Brazil’s Minister of the Environment, a three-time presidential candidate and a symbol of Amazon conservation. Now he’s vying for a seat in Congress to fight the legacy of President Jair Bolsonaro, whom he accuses of turning his country “into an environmental pariah.”

Born in Breu Velho, a village in the state of Akko, on the border with Bolivia and Peru, Silva’s life is directly connected with the Amazon: she spent her childhood among rubber crops and it was there, in the largest rainforest on the planet. , where she began her political struggle at the hands of environmentalist leader Chico Mendez, who was assassinated in 1988.

More than three decades after Mendez’s death, the founder of the Red Sustentabilidade party is “terrified” by the growing violence against the guardians of the forest.

An example of this is the recent killing of indigenous activist Bruno Araujo and British journalist Dom Phillips, a correspondent for The Guardian, at the hands of poachers in one of the most remote areas of the Amazon.

“The continuity of this violence is frightening. People say we’re experiencing failure, but in Bolsonaro’s case it’s not a failure, it’s a regression. This regression is costly not only for environmental protection, for environmental activists, but for the whole society, including agribusiness itself,” he emphasizes.

Lula y Silva: “act of legal protection” against Bolsonaro

Former Brazilian Environment Minister Marina Silva during an interview with Efe in São Paulo, Brazil. EFE/Fernando Bizerra

Despite his high-pitched voice, the environmentalist – with his hair pulled back, bushy eyebrows, ethnic necklace, glasses and light fabric suit – always maintains a firm and serene tone, especially when talking about Bolsonaro.

He has no hesitation in accusing the far-right leader’s government of “dismantling” Brazil’s environmental and social policies and “endangering the country’s democracy.”

He claims that it was this threat that led him to a political reconciliation more than a decade later with former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, the favorite in October’s elections with 47% of the intention to vote compared to Bolsonaro’s 31%.

Silva, who has been dubbed an “eco-capitalist” for her attempt to combine protecting the planet with economic development, left Lula’s government in 2008 over her differences over environmental policy and left the Workers’ Party. (PT) he helped find.

“The (reconciliation) movement was an act of self-defense that needed to be taken for democracy, the environment, indigenous peoples, the Amazon, human rights and to fight the enormous injustice we face,” they said.

The former minister’s support for Lula’s candidacy is seen as an important step towards winning support among evangelicals, mostly supportive of Bolsonaro, who presents himself as the protector of family, God and country.

Deeply religious, Silva was even preparing to become a nun, but in the 1990s she began to practice an evangelical religion, which coincided with her declining health, weakened by a history of malaria, hepatitis and mercury poisoning associated with illegal dumping into rivers. .

“Many are uncomfortable using the name of God in vain, as Bolsonaro preaches against the Christian faith, using faith to spread hatred, violence. All this has nothing to do with Christianity,” emphasizes Silva, who always carries a Bible with him and often uses its verses in his speeches.

Will I return to a possible Lula government?

Former Brazilian Environment Minister Marina Silva during an interview with Efe in São Paulo, Brazil. EFE/Fernando Bizerra

Despite political rapprochement with the PT leader, the MP candidate is evasive about whether she will accept the environment ministry again in Lula’s eventual government, but leaves the door open for a possible invitation if polls are confirmed. .

“Brazil is unable to sustain another four years of Bolsonaro’s rule (…) The government (of Lula) will not just be one party or group of parties, it will be a government of people who want to help rebuild the country. “, he declares.

Asked if that would mean yes, the environmentalist says: “The important thing is that we have already taken a very important step, no matter who the minister is. I presented Lula with a number of (environmental) proposals, and he publicly supported them.”

Web Edition: Juan C. Ochoa

Peter Kavinsky

Peter Kavinsky is the Executive Editor at cablefreetv.org

Recent Posts

  • News

Eastern and western melodies combined with Selami Şahin!

Selami Şahin, who shared the first of the trilogy that he will complete by the…

4 seconds ago
  • News

Brighton & Hove Albion vs Reading LIVE: Women’s Super League squad news and latest tallies

Click Here to Watch this Event Live Online for Free! A general view of the…

1 min ago
  • News

Brandon Nakashima vs Marcos Giron preview, head to head, prediction, odds and pick

Click Here to Watch this Event Live Online for Free! Match Details Fixation: (5) Brandon…

2 mins ago
  • News

Freedom, primtor of the party | nzory

<!----> My pin is the candidate for Mayor Bohuslav Svoboda, who can be proudly described…

3 mins ago
  • News

Property insurance turmoil responds to climate change threats and other news

Written by Monica Correa August 9, 2022 Advertisement More than half of homeowners in the…

7 mins ago
  • News

“Lviv” outnumbered “Minaj” in the missed match of the 1st round

Footballers of "Lviv" on the road defeated "Minaj" in the missed match of the 1st…

8 mins ago