Brazil: Ballot box will decide the future of the Amazon

The national green movement must learn to understand local concerns, write Ana Toni and Ana Yang

The World Today
Published 1 October 2021 3 minute READ

Ana Toni

Executive Director, Instituto Clima e Sociedade

In October 2022, Brazilians will elect a new president – either the current far-right, populist, incumbent Jair Bolsonaro or a challenging contestant, one of whom is the former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, from the left-leaning Workers’ Party.

The outcome of this election will be felt beyond Brazil’s borders. Domestically, it will be a battle between climate change deniers and climate activists. It may determine the future of the largest and most biodiverse forest in the world – the Amazon rainforest.

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