Opinion | Brazil and BRICS Environmental concerns: Climate change tragedy

China’s President Xi Jinping, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa, Brazil’s President Michel Temer and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin pose for a group picture at the BRICS summit meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa, July 26, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

18 May 2018 the BRICS ministers in charge of environmental issue in each country met in Durban and reaffirmed their comment to the Paris climate change agreement which deals with greenhouse-gas-emissions mitigation, adaptation, and finance starting in the year 2020.

The BRICS ministers according to xinhuanet.com “called for an enhancement of cooperation and collaboration among BRICS countries in the field of biodiversity conservation, sustainable use and equitable access and benefit sharing of biological resources, and also undertake to promote cooperation in biodiversity-related international conventions and fora, particularly endangered species”.

But as the month go by a new leader in the BRICS bloc has come to power with the election of Jair Bolsonaro, it may become difficult for the BRICS countries to keep to this commitment. Bolsonaro in his own campaign speeches may not take environmental issues as seriously as previously stated in the meeting in Durban.

Brazil is an important country when it comes to curving climate change, with the amazon rain forest which is being devastated by logging companies. Brazil is also a major producer of fossil fuels with a booming oil industry which is expected to grow even further.

Brazil new president Jair Bolsonaro has said he wants to pull Brazil out of Paris agreement, the president is also voice support for logging companies which are cutting down the rain forest, and regulation in protecting the environment may also be scaled back during his term as president according to the theguardian.com.

By Mokgethi Mtezuka’

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