Brazil's Lula: "Amazon People Don't Want the Region to Be a Sanctuary"

Lula da Silva at the World Social Forum Photo

Photo: Lula at the World Social Forum. Credit: Fábio Rodrigues Pozzebom/ABr.

President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has a history for provocative behavior and criticism to developed countries and whoever critiques Brazil's policies. Now he's made some spicy declarations again, this time referring to the much discussed future of the Amazon rain forest, one of the greatest green spaces of earth.

In the same day that the Pnuma announced that clearing of the Amazon has reached a total historic of 17%, Lula went on to say that the people who live in the Amazon don't want that region to be a sanctuary for humanity, but that they want to work and have 'goods.' Is that so?

Read on for his words and more on the Pnuma announcement."A lot of people speak about the Amazon without knowing it, forgetting that it's a Brazilian territory and therefore Brazil has rights upon it. Many people speak witout knowing that there are almost 25 million people that live there and want to work, have access to goods, and therefore, that don't want the Amazon to be a sanctuary of humanity. People who visit Brazil must know the following: take care of what's yours, Brazil will take care of what's of its own," said Lula da Silva.

According to O Globo, Lula said those words during the World Social Forum, an event gathering the presidents of Paraguay, Bolivia, Ecuador and Venezuela that took place until Feb. 1 in Belem, a major city of Amazon region.

Just a few hours before he mentioned those words, the United Nations Environment Programme (Pnuma, for its meaning in Spanish) released a piece of news saying that the Amazon accumulates 17% of forest destruction in its history. The same piece of news stated that only in five years, about 857 thousand square kilometers were cleared (2000-2005).

O Globo informs these numbers came from a study called GEO Amazonia, which was ellaborated during two years and will be released officially at the Pnuma reunion in Nairobi, Kenia, next Feb. 16.

Via O Globo
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