Brazil’s climate action & the Bolsonaro effect

Nov 28, 2018, 7:05 AM EST
(Source: Senado Federal/flickr)
(Source: Senado Federal/flickr)

When Brazilians handed the reins of the country to far-right Jair Bolsonaro in October, the environmentalists have had the alarm bells ringing. Just thirty days after the election, Brazil has backtracked on its proposal to host crucial UN climate talks in 2019, manifesting the first signs of “the Bolsonaro effect.”

The foreign ministry blames the decision on financial constraints and a transitional phase in governance, which sounds as a fragile excuse to observers, who warn that undermining the climate agenda, especially by a key player like Brazil, will come to haunt its environment and population, notes The Guardian.

Environmentalists, activists and climate scientists expect more of such moves from the current Brazilian administration when Foreign Minister Ernesto Araújo trivializes the subject of climate change, calling it a Marxist plot to stifle the country’s economic growth, reports The Independent.