BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazil will not shy away from its responsibilities and will play a leading role in the fight against climate change as the world finds itself in an emergency, newly appointed President Marina Silva said on Wednesday. head of the Ministry of the Environment.
Marina Silva announced that an authority specifically responsible for climate issues and deforestation would be set up within the administration of President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who officially returned to power on Sunday for a third term.
Lula immediately reversed measures taken by his far-right predecessor Jair Bolsonaro, who had relaxed environmental protection standards and allowed deforestation to reach a 15-year high.
Speaking in a speech on taking office, Marina Silva lamented that the “environmental agenda was destroyed by the previous government”, so much so, she added, that Brazil has become a “pariah ” around the world in the fight against climate change.
The minister announced the creation of a department responsible for the green economy, while warning that the energy transition would take time.
(Report Lisandra Paraguassu; French version Jean Terzian)