Why does Bolsonaro have a point about the Amazon rainforest?

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In 2019, when criticised about clearing the Amazon rainforest, Brazilian President, Senhor Jair Bolsonaro declared that “The Amazon is ours. No country in the world has the moral right to talk about the Amazon. You destroyed your own ecosystems.”

We have all watched with growing alarm as they burn the Amazon’s rainforests to clear the land for farming, timber or mining. But he does have a point! We cleared our forests many centuries ago to gain economic value from the land, why shouldn’t the Brazilians do the same?

We look at some alternative approaches to finger-pointing and sanctioning to provide tropical countries with incentives to maintain and regenerate their rainforests.


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