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Brazil’s new president promised to end deforestation in the amazon

After winning Brazil’s election on Sunday, Lula da Silva promised to end deforestation in the Amazon rainforest.

Upon winning the election over the far-right incumbent Jair Bolsanaro, Lula pledged to take bolder action on the environment in the coming years.

As president-elect, In his first speech, Lula pledged to make the environment one of his government’s top priorities, telling journalists: “We are going to fight for zero deforestation in the Amazon.”

After reducing deforestation dramatically during his two-term government, Lula said Brazil would retake a leading role in the fight against climate change and is open to collaboration with international partners.

“Let’s fight for zero deforestation,” he said in his victory speech.

Lula continued “Brazil will fight for a living Amazon; a standing tree is worth more than thousands of logs – that is why we will resume the surveillance of the entire Amazon and any illegal activity, and at the same time we will promote sustainable development.”

Brazil could have a major impact on the global fight against climate change if Lula keeps his campaign promises to protect the Amazon rainforest. Global warming is approaching a tipping point, according to scientists, as the lungs of the planet are losing their ability to slow it down.

 

Photo: Carla Carniel / Reuters