At the United Nations Conference on Climate Change, COP26, Brazil tried to reinforce a more friendly narrative on it's policies on climate change. Even tought the president, Jair Bolsonaro, choose to skip the summit, the country tried to regain prominence in discussions on the global carbon market, placing itself as one of the main preservers of nature. The reality, however, may differ.
“Brazil had resources from Amazon Fund that the country didn’t use, about 7 billion reais (US$ 1.7 billion). We had a structured policy called Cedam. Bolsonaro dismantled all the government environmental agencies, including Funai. He dismantled all of them and now he is going to ask for money to protect the forests and the climate”, says the Greenpeace spokesman Marcelo Laterman.
In a report launched on October, the World Meteorological Organization, an agency of the United Nations, shows that the CO2 levels reached a new record, even during the pandemic.
Also on this week’s program: Even though Brazil presented goals to fight deforestation, the country’s government cut 93% of the budget to curb climate change between January 2016 and December 2018. You can also learn how to cook pancake a and learn more about the Jequitinhonha Valley, a place full of stories and cultural traditions.
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Edited by: Arturo Hartmann