Inconvenient truth about the Amazon rainforest



What you said about the Amazon rainforest is not always true, and the exact opposite.

For example, the World Wildlife Fund claims that more than a quarter of the Amazon rainforest will be deforested by 2030 if logging continues at the same rate. In fact, deforestation in the Amazon decreased from the same month last year to May. According to environmental scientist Michael Shellenberger, deforestation in the Amazon in Brazil has dramatically decreased over the last 15 years.It remains in A quarter of the 2004 peak When the President of Brazil was Lulada Silva.

Sérgio Moreira Lima is the Australian Ambassador to Brazil. He explains that Brazil has dramatically reduced deforestation in the Amazon rainforests over the last 15 years, regenerating over 9.4 million hectares of primeval forest and planting an additional 2 million hectares.

The ambassador also explains that 66% of Brazil’s entire landscape remains completely covered with native plants, and the country’s protected areas represent about a quarter of the country’s land and half of the Amazon region.

The Brazilian Amazon alone leaves at least 84% of the landscape untouched. Although the country has protected more than 66% of its vegetation, it is still the fourth largest food producer in the world. Brazil is completely self-sufficient in basic foodstuffs and is ranked as the world’s number one producer of bananas, cocoa, cassava, coffee, corn, oranges, labyrinths, rice, soybeans and sugar.

Efforts to protect the rainforest

The Brazilian government recently Legal Amazon National Council Coordinate all integrated work for the protection, conservation and sustainable development of the Amazon rainforest. The Amazon Plan 2021/22, enacted in April 2021, sets out rigorous guidelines for monitoring and combating illegal logging, fires and other environmental and land crimes committed in the Amazon rainforest. I am. On June 10, a “national army” was deployed in the area by the Brazilian government to combat drug trafficking and organized environmental crime.

Through these collaborative actions, the number of deforestation warnings in Brazil has declined for the second straight month, and the number of forest fires has declined significantly over the last two years.

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An aerial photograph of a boat traveling at high speed on the Jurua River in the city of Karauari in the heart of the Amazon Forest in Brazil, March 15, 2020. (Florence Goisnard / AFP via Getty Images)

As you can see, the world has a lot to learn from this country when it comes to environmental protection and sustainable economic growth. Still, Brazil’s President Justin Trudeau said that leaders from the United States (Joe Biden), France (Emmanuel Macron), Canada (Justin Trudeau), and the United Kingdom (Boris Johnson) saidAlways in the Brazilian cornerOn the Amazon rainforest.

Of course, nothing special is happening in the area. In this regard, the Brazilian government has wisely decided to abandon aid (US $ 20 million) to G7 countries in the fight against fire in the Amazon in August 2019. Brazil is the world’s ninth-largest economy in terms of nominal GDP, and certainly so. No such “help” from other countries is needed.

Amazon rainforest misinformation campaign

Based on a hyperbolic Twitter photo, French President Emmanuel Macron has turned Amazon’s supposed “international crisis” into a “primary” emergency to be discussed at the 2019 G7 Summit. Before that event He wrote on twitter: “Our house is burning. Literally. The Amazon rainforest (the lungs that produce 20% of the earth’s oxygen) is burning. It’s an international crisis. Members of the G7 Summit, about this emergency Let’s discuss it as the first order! #ActForTheAmazon. “

First of all, everything the President of France wrote in his Twitter post wasn’t entirely true. For example, Dan Nepstad, one of the world’s leading Amazon rainforest experts, explains that the region “produces large amounts of oxygen, but uses the same amount of oxygen by breathing.” ..

In fact, even the photo Macron used to show the Amazon fire was fake.Stock photo From a photographer who has already died. The fire seen in the photo is set by farmers preparing farmland adjacent to the Amazon for next year’s crops and pastures. According to the American National Space AgencyNASA, “In the Amazon region, fires rarely occur throughout the year because of the rainy weather that causes fires to spread and cannot spread.”

French President Emmanuel Macron
French President Emmanuel Macron makes a gesture when speaking during the presentation of the “France 2030” investment plan at President Elysee’s Palace in Paris, France, on October 12, 2021. (LudovicMarin / Pool via Reuters)

Based on this kind of misleading information, Macron even threatened to revoke a substantive foreign trade agreement between Brazil and the European Union. Undoubtedly, these global leaders don’t care much about the Amazon rainforest and the world’s environment. Instead, they’re just ironically exaggerating the effects of fire and deforestation in the Amazon in an attempt to demonize the Brazilian president’s “tropical trump card.”

Of course, another possible reason is global economic interest in the northern region of Brazil, where the Amazon rainforests are located. The Amazon rainforest is a huge bank of endless natural resources for Brazilians. The region is home to the world’s most sweet waters, precious minerals and oil. It is also home to an estimated 20% of the Earth’s plant species, many of which are not found anywhere else.

No wonder these global leaders are resorting to environmental issues to undermine Brazil’s sovereignty.

Securing fertilizer supply to protect Amazon

The Bolsonaro government is also protecting rainforests by obtaining a continuous supply of fertilizer for the country’s large agricultural industry. Brazil is the world’s largest importer of this product, 44% of which comes from Russia.

Where can Brazil find more fertilizer, apart from Russia?

Brazil’s potassium reserves are primarily in the Amazon region. Márcio Remédio, director of the Brazilian Geological Survey, a state-owned company under the Ministry of Mines and Energy, said: They have the potential, if not more, than those of the Urals produced by Russia and Belarus, and those of Saskatchewan, Canada. “

By agreeing with Russia to continue buying fertilizer, the Brazilian government not only prevented potassium mining, which could harm the Amazon region, but also could save the world from a catastrophic food crisis. was.

“If Brazil shrinks next year due to a lack of fertilizer, that will certainly be bad news for the global food crisis,” said an economist who studied the impact of conflict on food at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Joseph Schmidt Hoover said. Agricultural organization.

As Bolsonaro points out, “Brazil feeds one billion people. It guarantees food security for one-sixth of the world’s population.” In other words, the Brazilian government is a country with the help of Russia. Not only has it avoided a catastrophic food crisis by replenishing its stock, but it has also played a leading role in protecting the Amazon from fire and deforestation. World leaders have much to learn from Brazilian leaders when it comes to food security and environmental protection.

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President Joe Biden (R) of the United States and President Jail Borsonaro of Brazil will attend the bilateral meeting at the 9th Summit of the Americas on June 9, 2022 in Los Angeles, California.

International pressure

However, at the Cúpuladas Américas Summit in Los Angeles from June 6th to June 10th, Bolsonaro violently called for “international misinformation and pressure” on the Amazon rainforest. In his speech, he reminded other leaders that no other country in the world is doing any more to protect the world environment.

“After all, despite Brazil being the 10th largest economy in the world, we are responsible for emitting less than 3% of the planet’s green gas emissions.” Bolsonaro said.. He also took the opportunity to praise the country’s agribusiness and reminded everyone that without it, “parts of the world would be hungry.”

In conclusion, we are witnessing a deliberate campaign against talented leaders in countries that may have protected the rainforest and saved the world from the imminent mass hunger. Undoubtedly, the ultimate goal of these global elites is not only to prevent the re-election of conservative leaders in the next presidential election in Brazil, but also most of their land and their country’s natural resources. Is to dispose of the Brazilians in their land by robbing them.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Epoch Times.

August Zimmermann


August Zimmermann is a professor and director of legal affairs at the Sheridan Institute for Higher Education in Perth. He is also President of the Western Australia (WA) Law Theory Association, Editor-in-Chief of Western Australian Law Scholars, and a member of the WA’s Law Reform Commission from 2012 to 2017. Notre Dame Australia has authored numerous books such as “Direito Constitucional Brasileiro”, “Western Legal Theory” and “Christian Foundations of the Common Law”.