Brazil’s incoming President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva appointed two rainforest conservation activists as ministers of environment and indigenous peoples on Thursday, part of a final round of 16 appointments before his inauguration. his on Sunday. The leftist leader has vowed to put Brazil at the forefront of the fight against climate change, completely reversing the pro-business policies of his predecessor Jair Bolsonaro.
Marina Silva, who served as environment minister during Lula’s first term from 2003 to 2008, will take over her old role. Lula has vowed to reverse the damage under Bolsonaro, whose tenure saw deforestation in the Amazon reach a 15-year high as environmental protections were pushed back. Conservative leader also “destroyed” The director of the Climate Observatory Marcio Astrini told The Guardian, explaining that the agency “no longer exists. It will have to be rebuilt almost from scratch.”
Sonia Guajajara, the first indigenous woman to run for vice president of Brazil and a congresswoman since October, will become the head of a newly formed indigenous ministry representing 307 indigenous groups of the country. Brazil. She hailed what she said was Lula’s genuine commitment to preserving the rainforest and protecting indigenous groups from “threatened, weakened and vulnerable” by the government.
According to his critics, Bolsonaro’s government appears to deliberately target conservation-related ministries in order to starve the bureaucracy, cut budgets, reduce staff, and divert funds in an attempt to undermine them. supervision over the precious and precious resources of the rainforest.
But regardless of the former president’s motives, the loggers, miners, farmers and other extractive industries he allowed into protected and indigenous lands must now be eliminated. , according to Lula. The Labor Party leader has received international praise for reducing deforestation in the Amazon, which he oversaw during his first two terms.
However, Bolsonaro refused to bow gracefully, filing a complaint last month demanding the removal of ballots from half of the voting machines used in the October election, despite – according to the Court. high-level election project – they are the same machine used in the election. The first round of the election brought his party victory in both houses of Congress.
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