sexta-feira, 9 de janeiro de 2009

Is Brazil doing its part to mitigate global warming?

One may claim media has relegated global warming recently. Since the de facto nationalisation of the banking system in virtually the entire Western industrialised world, it seems that coping with the current crisis of capitalism is all that matters.

In Brazil, rising levels of deforestation indicate not only inefficient environmental policies yet established, but also that Brazilian government has rather important or urgent issues, such as the immediate financial and economic ones. Who cares about climate change and global warming when the world goes bankrupt?

Twenty years ago, one of the greatest Brazilian heroes was murdered for defending the idea that the Amazon rainforest was worth more alive than dead. Currently, Chico Mendes would have much to teach worldwide investors and financial speculators about sustainable development, but was shot dead two decades before. Even though, no one has remembered him nor the anniversary of this death, occured on the 22nd of December, 1988.

Undoubtedly, the current crisis of capitalism, as the greed-is-good mantra of the free-market capitulates, has made the mitigation of economic and financial problems more urgent than saving trees. One may say Brazil will regret having let deforestation go so far. Maybe too late.

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