Unsuccessful “greenwashing” – a record clearing of the Amazon despite promises

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The focus of this year’s climate summit in Glasgow COP26 was the Amazon rainforest, the protection of which, as it seemed at first, is one of the priorities of the Brazilian government.

Thus, the President of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, signed an agreement in Glasgow committing to stop rainforest deforestation by 2030, while on October 25 this year, Environment Minister Joaquim Leice announced the “National Green Growth Program” to promote sustainable development and promote conservation. forest, stating that Brazil has the potential to be the leader of a new global green agenda.

However, the fact that the destruction of the Amazon has reached its historical maximum, and the deforestation this year has increased by as much as 22 percent compared to the previous year, testifies that this is far from the truth, the Brazilian Agency for Space Research announced.

Thus, in the period between August 2020 and July 2021, the government of the Brazilian president allowed the destruction of 13,235 km² of forest in the Amazon, which is an area 17 times larger than the surface of New York, Greenpeace writes.

“There is a very good reason why Bolsonaro felt comfortable when he signed a new agreement that allows him another decade of forest destruction and is not binding. Meanwhile, Amazon is already on the brink and cannot survive more years of shrinkage. Indigenous peoples are calling for 80 percent of the Amazon to be protected by 2025, and they are right, that is what is needed, “said Greenpeace.

As for the Green Growth Program, although “biodiversity protection” and “greenhouse gas emission reduction” are among the stated goals, there is no mention of an explicit commitment to reducing deforestation. Also, the adoption of the action plan for the implementation of the Program is planned only for September 2022, warns the human rights NGO Human Rights Watch.

Milena Maglovski

Source: Energetski portal Srbije by www.energetskiportal.rs.

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