Brazil's Former Environment Minister Quits Ruling Party, Moves One Step Closer to Presidential Bid


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It's been over a year since Brazil's former environment minister Marina Silva resigned her job, after butting heads with other members of government more intent on economic development at all costs than preserving her country's natural capital. Now, Silva has quit her political party, paving the way for a presidential bid, The Guardian reports: At a press conference, Silva said that she was leaving the Workers' party after 30 years because they were intent on development based on material growth without concern for the environment, "with huge gains for the few and perverse results for the majority."

As yet Silva has not formally announced her presidential bid; her departure from the Workers' party brings her one step closer, however, to her expected campaign for the Green Party in 2010.

Growth for Growth's Sake is No Longer a Valid Way of Thinking
For those not familiar with Silva's views, the quote from last year sums it up:

There is no longer a way of thinking about growth for growth's sake. Growth is important, but it needs to be growth with development and sustainability, in all of its senses: social, environmental, economic, cultural. (The Guardian)

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