The Brazilian president, Jair Bolsonaro, again affirmed on Thursday that the Amazon is from Brazil and responded to Pope Francis, who on social networks said that this jungle region, considered one of the lungs of the planet, is "all "and needs global attention.
"A council was created this week to protect, preserve and develop our Amazon, which is very important, to take preventive measures against any action that is not under Brazilian law," Bolsonaro said in his weekly live webcast. Facebook social.
For Bolsonaro, that measure "is to show the world that we are worried about the Amazon, the Amazon is ours. It's not like the Pope 'tweeted' yesterday, ok?"
"The Amazon is ours and we want to preserve it and make it possible for us to benefit from the resources in a sustainable way," he added in response to the pontiff's publication.
On Wednesday, Francisco wrote on his Twitter profile: "I address this exhortation to the entire world, to help spark esteem and appeal to the Amazon, which is also 'ours'",
"I dream of an Amazon that fights for the rights of the poorest, of the native peoples, of the latter, so that their voice is heard and their dignity promoted. #QueridaAmazonia," the Catholic pontiff completed.
It is not the first time that Bolsonaro, a leader of the extreme right and repeatedly criticized for his anti-environmentalist policy, crosses words with the pope.
Last year, when forest fires devastated much of the Amazon, Francisco raised his voice and called to save that part of the planet.
"We are all concerned about the vast fires that have occurred in the Amazon. Pray that, with everyone's effort, they will be controlled as soon as possible. That forest lung is vital to our planet," the pope said in August during his message. Sunday, a call that was criticized by Bolsonaro.
This Thursday, Bolsonaro also attacked the Greenpeace environmental organization, which he called "crap" and "garbage" for his criticism of the National Council of the Legal Amazon modified by the head of state and that does not include the governors of the region .
The controversy arose after Bolsonaro transferred control of the Council of the Amazon from the Ministry of Environment to the Vice Presidency of the Republic, whose head, General of the Reserve Hamilton Mourao, entrusted him with actions for protection and sustainable development. of the largest tropical forest on the planet.
For Greenpeace, the new council, without civil representatives, "or plans, goals or budget", only seeks to deceive public opinion and international investors, since it will not end the "anti-environmental policy" of the Bolsonaro Government or fight against deforestation or environmental crimes. "
Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon jumped 85% last year, from 4,219.3 square kilometers in 2018 to 9,165.6 square kilometers in 2019, its highest level since 2016, according to satellite measurements from the state National Research Institute Space (INPE).
This growth was attributed by environmentalists to the measures of flexibility of control and the anti-environmental rhetoric of Bolsonaro, which defends the economic exploitation of the Amazon and the end of the demarcation of new indigenous reserves.