The climate summit, today and tomorrow, hosts the United States and is part of President Joe Biden’s effort to prioritize the issue of climate change.
The event will be virtually held due to epidemic bans and live broadcasts to the public. In a letter still in March, Biden invited President Zaire Bolsonaro to the event. The summit will bring together countries responsible for 80% of atmospheric emissions in the world, and for a larger share of global gross domestic product (GDP).
During the presidential campaign in the United States, Biden criticized deforestation in the Amazon and said he could ban Brazil if the situation does not improve. The Biden government has reiterated that financial cooperation and the success of bilateral relations depend on solid environmental commitments.
US senators have told the White House not to support Brazil, until Jair Bolsonaro has announced a fight against deforestation and fire in the Amazon. Unfortunately, in March, illegal deforestation broke the month’s record. For Democratic senators, both Brazil and the US must do more to develop environmental and forest management policies. This can only be done, however, if the Bolsonaro government takes climate commitments seriously, US Democratic lawmakers said.
In any case, it is clear that the issue of protecting the environment goes beyond commitment to sustainability, and also directly affects Brazil’s trade with other countries.
US senators asked Biden that if Brazil continues deforestation at the current rate, the US should not support the country’s request to join the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
Pledging to stop illegal deforestation in the country by 2030, Jears Bidsonrow has already sent a letter. This has led to some tensions in the strained relationship between the two presidents since the election campaign in the White House race, with Bolsonaro supporting the candidate for re-election in the USA, Donald Trump.
The letter was the first in which Bolsonaro was publicly committed to the topic, and comes in view of the fact that the government intends to obtain financing from the United States for the preservation of the Amazon rain forest.