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With Lula and Dilma, Brazil has established itself as a global benchmark for environmental preservation.
Through rigorous monitoring and the provision of sustainable economic alternatives for local populations, deforestation in the Amazon has been reduced by 79%.
Investments in alternative energy sources at an all-time high. In particular, the large hydroelectric projects that Brazil needs to keep growing are being built with fewer environmental impacts, while generating a record number of jobs and promoting social mobility for millions of Brazilians.
New conservation areas have been created and exiting reserves expanded, increasing the total amount of protected spaces by more than 50%.
Brazil is a world leader in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. As a result of its initiatives, between 2010 and 2013, Brazil reduced its carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere by an average of 650 million tons per year.
According to the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), a nonprofit science advocacy organization, which specializes in tropical forests, agriculture and climate, Brazil’s record-setting efforts in reducing deforestation have been an extraordinary contribution in the fight against global warming. The United Nations has affirmed the UCS assertion that what Brazil has done for the planet is “more than any other country on earth.”
In 12 years, Brazil has shown the world that economic development and environmental preservation can productively coexist.
And our planet is thankful for this fact.