Brazil Refuses Help Offered by G7 Summit for Amazon Rainforest
Recently, Brazil rejected $20m help offered by international countries during the G7 summit to save the Amazon Rainforest, which has been burning for weeks now. The chief of staff to Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, Onyx Lorenzoni, told G1 news website that they appreciate the offer, but think that it would be better if those resources are used to reforest Europe.
Hinting at the fire breakout in April that severely affected the Notre-Dame cathedral, Onyx commented, “Macron cannot even avoid a foreseeable fire in a church that is a world heritage site. What does he intend to teach our country?”
The offer was made by the leaders of the G7 countries in a weekend summit held at Biarritz, a French city. The event was hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron. Regarded as “chump change” by the environmental campaigners, the move by G7 is clearly not being viewed in a positive light by the Brazilian government.
However, the environment Minister of Brazil, Ricardo Salles, showed great appreciation for the move. Speaking to some reporters, he announced that they had welcomed the G7 funding to fight the Amazon fires. The Amazon Rainforest fires have engulfed the entire region of Sao Paulo and poorly affected the air of the city.
The Brazilian officials did not give any specific reason for not accepting the financial aid. But Bolsonaro blamed France for treating Brazil like a colony. It was only after a meeting between Bolsonaro and his ministers that the Brazilian government modified its idea.
Lorenzoni said, “Brazil is a democratic, free nation that never had colonialist and imperialist practices, as perhaps is the objective of the Frenchman Macron.”
Heat between the two nations, France and Brazil, has significantly risen ever since Macron tweeted that Amazon Rainforest produces 20% of Earth’s oxygen and it should be seen as an “international crisis”.
Besides, the G7 countries (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States), which have constantly pressurised the Brazilian government over the Amazon Rainforest fires, several political leaders and celebs from all over the world have come forward to help.
Among the various important agendas of the three day G7 summit, the most significant agenda was the announcement of the $20m assistance package that aimed to give money to Amazonian nations like Bolivia and Brazil.
It is supposed that the money was oriented towards the purchase of firefighting planes and military help would be offered by France.
Ever since elections were held in Brazil last year, Bolsonaro is blamed for encouraging deforestation, blocking indigenous land rights claims, not ensuring proper rainforest protections and promoting mining in the Amazon Rainforest.
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