Porto Velho : Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro on Wednesday said that Latin America’s Amazon countries will meet in September to discuss both protecting and developing the rainforest region, which has been hit by weeks of devastating fires.
The Brazilian leader also escalated a deeply personal dispute with French President Emmanuel Macron, accusing him of portraying himself as “the one and only person” concerned about the environment.
It is alleged that the landowners lobby has always been part of Brazil’s government, and today this has reached a new level and they are not just in the government, they are the government.
The weakening of environmental safeguards in Brazil saw fires setting more aggressively this year as a way to clear land, much of it already deforested.
Mr. Macron and other European leaders argue the fires in the Amazon require a global response because of the ecosystem’s critical role in draining heat-trapping carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Mr. Macron criticized Mr. Bolsonaro for allegedly lying to him about his commitments to biodiversity, prompting the Brazilian to accuse the French leader of evoking his country’s colonial past.