‘High deforestation has nothing to do with the Bolsonaro government’, says Ricardo Salles – Prime Time Zone

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Former Environment Minister assured that Brazil is an ‘example in environmental protection’, not a villain

Dida Sampaio/Estadão Content – 05/19/2021Ricardo Salles acknowledged that deforestation has been growing in Brazil, with an increase since 2012

the former minister Ricardo Salles asks if COP-26 can bring effective results for the environment. In his view, there are many discussions and ideas, but few practical advances. “I hope this discussion finally comes to something. The countries that pollute the most do not want to pay, they destroyed the environment, wiped out their forests, but they want to socialize the account with developing countries, including Brazil, which is an example of environmental protection and is not the villain of anything”, said the former head of Environment, in an interview with Jornal da Manhã, from Young pan. Ricardo Salles acknowledged that the logging has been growing in Brazil. However, he guarantees that the rise “has nothing to do with the president’s government Jair Bolsonaro”, but with the abandonment of the local population.

“There are 25 million Brazilians who were left behind. Take care of the Brazilian of Amazon, which has the worst HDI no one wants. They’re concerned about talking about climate issues and the Amazon, but damn Brazilians in the Amazon,” he said, criticizing leaders in the environmental debate, such as the singer Anitta, the actor Leonardo Dicaprio and the activist Greta Thunberg. “They like to talk about climate discussions, but are incapable of taking concrete action. We launched the ‘Adopt a Park’ program, how many of these companies that talk about the environment, that are making speeches, how many have adopted a conservation unit? Practically none”, he pointed out.

Still on the environmental issue, Salles said that, considering the definitions of Paris Agreement, Brazil should receive $100 billion per year from 2020, but nothing was paid. “We have so-called REDD credits. Brazil would have rights, if it were trading its REDD credits, receiving from those who promised, in the California standard, we would have around US$ 190 billion dollars to receive. If it were the European standard, our credit would jump to $290 billion. How much have we received until today? Less than $1 billion in 10 years. I mean, it’s $100 million a year, we don’t receive anything, what they gave us and keep repeating is zero, it’s 1% of what we would be entitled to. And the group still feels entitled to point the finger at Brazil”, he concluded.