The US Climate Envoy trusts that Lula will take the necessary measures to save the Amazon

John Kerry, United States Special Envoy for Climate (EFE) (JOSE SENA GOULAO/)

John KerryUnited States Special Envoy for Climate, referred to the recent election of the Brazilian people to Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva as the next president. In that sense, he assured this Wednesday that he trusts that the president-elect will do what is necessary to save the amazon.

Kerry was blunt on this issue during the presidency – still in progress – of Jair Bolsonaro, whom he accused of not paying enough attention. Thus, she reproached him that “unfortunately the deforestation it has increased dangerously in the Amazon, to the levels we have today.”

John Kerry lamented the deterioration of the Amazon during the administration of Jair Bolsonaro (AFP) (MAURO PIMENTEL/)

It is against this background, then, that at a press conference that took place this afternoon in Washington, the official explained that the leader of the Brazilian left is “committed” to the climate issue, based on the policies he implemented during his other two terms -between 2003 and 2011- and after listening to his speech last Sunday in which he promised reverse a spike in deforestation in this tropical forest.

“I am confident that he will be able to intensify those policies with the necessary reforms to try to save the Amazon, where 25 million people live,” said former President Barack Obama’s Secretary of State.

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For his part, he added that the administration of current President Joe Biden created a group with various federal agencies in order to address the issue of deforestation.

The announcement, in the run-up to COP27

Kerry spoke out days before the start of the United Nations climate change summit, which brings together important leaders from around the world. In this opportunity, Egypt will be hosted between November 6 and 18 of these meetings that will seek to solve the increasingly serious environmental problems.

Egypt will host COP27 this year, which will bring together leaders from around the world such as Joe Biden and incoming President Lula da Silva (REUTERS)
Egypt will host COP27 this year, which will bring together leaders from around the world such as Joe Biden and incoming President Lula da Silva (REUTERS) (SAYED SHEASHA /)

Although important references such as Rishi Sunak have announced that they will not attend, their presence has been confirmed by leaders such as Joe Biden Y Lula da Silvawho intends to promote more ambitious climate goals and reinforce the International cooperation to protect the Amazon, during his tenure as president to begin on January 1, 2023.

The climate issue was key point of your campaignwhich allowed him to reaffirm his position in some sectors of Brazilian voters, as well as to consolidate his allies.

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However, to achieve these goals, you will need to improve the application of the laws protection of the environment and face both a hostile congress like state governors who have close ties to the right-wing president. It is because of that the challenge is immense.

Lula da Silva expressed his will to change the situation in the Amazon (AFP)
Lula da Silva expressed his willingness to change the situation in the Amazon (AFP) (KIKO MEDICI/)

The situation in the Amazon

In recent years, under Bolsonaro’s mandate in Brazil, the Amazon has reached record levels of deforestation and fires. According to official figures, between August 2020 and July 2021, this area reached its highest level of deforestation in 15 years. Added to this are satellite monitoring that shows that the trend for the current year is only heading to exceed that of the previous one.

On the other hand, a recent study by National Institute for Space Research (Inpe) assured that in 2020 more than 76,000 firesthe highest figure since 2010. Thus, between August 2020 and July 2021 they deforested 13 thousand square kilometers -the equivalent of nine times the city of Sao Paulo-.

(With information from EFE and AP)

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