The conflict between Brazilian sovereignty and saving the planet
The only ways to force Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro to protect the Amazon rainforest involve money or sanctions - and neither is a good option
On the eve of the recent G7 summit in Biarritz, French president Emmanuel Macron described the Amazon rainforest as “the lungs of our planet”. And because the rainforest’s preservation matters for the whole world, Macron added, Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro cannot be allowed “to destroy everything”.
In reply, Bolsonaro accused Macron of instrumentalising an “internal” Brazilian issue, and said that for the G7 to discuss the matter without the countries of the Amazon region...
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