the Brazilian Lula, “back”, gives hope for the fight against climate change

He presented himself as a beacon of hope for both the Brazilian people and the planet. And was greeted with great enthusiasm. Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, President-elect of Brazil, delivered a speech worthy of a rock star at the World Climate Change Conference in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt on Wednesday 16 November. Lula was escorted onto the stage by Sameh Choukri, President of COP27 and Egyptian Foreign Minister, and saw his name chanted by a crowd in two crowded rooms. Every promise he made, every good word he said, was rewarded with huge applause while the audience sang the famous song “Olé olé ola, Lula” from his Brazilian meetings.

“Brazil is back! »He has repeatedly presented the future president of the Latin American giant in his favorite green and gold tie, which he wears for important moments. If the manager who takes office on 1ah January chose the COP27 for his first trip abroad since his election at the end of October, he should show that his country is ready for it “Participation in the debates about the future of the planet”.

Against climate-sceptic President Jair Bolsonaro, who has isolated Brazil on the international stage, Lula vowed to offer it “Guide” that the world needs. Not only to fight the climate crisis, but also to fight and bring about poverty and hunger in the world “a peaceful international order based on dialogue, solidarity and multilateralism”.

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Lula reiterated that his priority will be the fight against deforestation in the Amazon, a biodiversity paradise and one of the largest carbon sinks on the planet. Almost 40,000 km under the mandate of Jair Bolsonaro2 Forests have been cut down in four years to boost agribusiness and the mining sector, equivalent to a country like Switzerland. So much so that this unique ecosystem would now approach a point of no return, where large areas would turn into savanna and release colossal amounts of CO2.

Transformation of the Brazilian agricultural model

The President-elect assured that he would keep his promise “Zero Deforestation”promised to ” punish “ illegal activities and to empower environmental authorities. He also recalled his desire to create a ministry for indigenous peoples, which must be “Protagonists of monument protection” of the Amazon.

The future president also emphasized the transformation of Brazil’s agricultural model: he advocated the financial assessment of soil protection, a way of making agribusiness players “strategic allies”. “We can continue to be one of the largest food producers in the world without cutting down another acre”, he assured, while the country is a major exporter of beef, soybean oil or sugar. During his two previous terms, between 2003 and 2011, deforestation had fallen by 83%, while the gross domestic product of the agricultural sector had increased by 75%.

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