Different organizations launched harsh criticism of the president, who in the General Assembly denied the crisis due to the fires in the Amazon and the Pantanal.
Various non-governmental organizations that fight for the environment agreed that Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro “embarrassed” Brazil with the speech he gave this Tuesday before the UN Assembly and in which, once again, he denied the crisis that plagues the country.
The far-right leader’s speech was described as “delusional”, “irresponsible” and “unfounded” by organizations such as Greenpeace, the Climate Observatory and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), who do not understand how the head of state can be done ” a blind eye “to the seriousness of the fires that have been devastating the Amazon since 2019.
“President Jair Bolsonaro’s denial speech at the 75th UN General Assembly shames the Brazilian people and isolates Brazil from the world,” Greenpeace Brazil said in a statement.
The Climate Observatory, a network that brings together more than 50 national and international environmental organizations in Brazil, spoke in the same vein.
“In little more than 14 minutes of a deliberately delusional speech, the president once again exposed the country in a shameful way and confirmed the concerns of international investors who are thinking of leaving Brazil,” the NGO said in its statement.
The Amazon, the world’s largest rainforest, recorded a record fire last year and the number has remained high so far in 2020.
The fire, however, has raged this year with the Pantanal, the largest wetland in the world, with a 200% increase in heat sources so far in 2020, flames have devastated 20% of its surface (an area equivalent to twice the city of New York).
In the Amazon, the fires subsided in August, but only 6% in relation to the same month of 2019, when about 47,000 heat sources were registered and the devastation of the largest tropical forest on the planet generated global outrage.
The increase in flames is due to increased deforestation, a problem that the far-right leader also denies and that has grown since he assumed power due to the flexibility it allows in environmental enforcement actions.
“Contrary to what the president said, the fires in the Amazon rainforest are not the result of a natural phenomenon, but rather the result of human action, being one of the main tools used for deforestation, especially by land grabbers and farmers, who use them to clear areas for agricultural use or speculation, “Greenpeace Brazil said in its statement.
“A true leader of a sovereign country would now be putting all his governance capacity to act effectively and prevent the tragedy that we are living in the Brazilian biomes. Pretending that they did not see, in addition to being an irresponsible attitude of a president, means condemning the future of all Brazilians “, commented Mariana Mota, coordinator of Public Policies of that NGO, quoted in the text.
For Gabriela Yamaguchi, director of commitment of WWF-Brazil, Bolsonaro’s pronouncement was “full of unfounded accusations and lessons without scientific basis” and cited as an example the part in which the president said that the fires are caused by Indians and mestizos.
Joenia Wapichana, the first indigenous parliamentarian elected in Brazil, spoke in the same vein on social media.
“It is shameful and light the attitude of President Bolsonaro at the UN to blame the indigenous peoples of this country for the environmental fires. That proves his lack of preparation, incompetence and irresponsibility with which he administers Brazil,” he said in his Twitter account.
For the Climate Observatory, the denialism of the Brazilian president destroys the image of the country, and its lack of planning to face environmental problems “will take its toll.”
“By destroying the international image of Brazil as it destroys our biomes, Bolsonaro shows that his patriotism has always been a facade,” Marcio Astrini, executive secretary of the Climate Observatory, told EFE news agency.