“Fake green”

While Brazilian diplomacy worked in one direction, the government’s actions maintained mistrust, according to Izabella Teixeira

In an interview with Folha, Izabella Teixeira, Minister of Environment from 2010 to 2016, said that the performance of the Ministry of Environment omitting the recent record deforestation of the Amazon suggests a “fake green” or pure greenwashing. Besides contradicting the position of Brazilian diplomacy in Glasgow, trying to reverse the country’s international bad image because of Bolsonaro government’s environmental policy.

The criticism of the current co-chair of the international research panel of the UN environmental programme also points to a lack of vision of the contemporary world presented by Bolsonaro and his ministers. “The environmental issue does not exist without market vision, which is part of the solution. But this government came only with the backward sectors and made Brazil drop off the contemporary world”, defends Izabella.

According to her, what matters in the current context are concrete actions that result in presenting data to supportthe discourse made by Foreign Affairs Ministry. For the former Minister, investors have made it clear during COP26 that there is no point in the blah-blah-blahs. “Brazil’s government will have to deliver results on deforestation”, he stated.


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