Lula: We Want to Preserve the Amazon, But the US and Europe Have to Pay the Bill

    Lula at climate summit in Amazon

    Lula at climate summit in Amazon Brazilian president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, during a summit of the Amazon presidents, in Manaus, capital of the Amazonas state, sent a very clear message to the world that Brazil does not accept advice from gringos on environment preservation and predicted the Amazon region will grow and develop according to Brazilian needs and aspirations.

    Brazil intends to ask at the Copenhagen's summit that the richer countries pay for ecologically sustainable development projects in the Amazon.

    Alongside the president of France, Nicolas Sarkozy and Bharrat Jagdeo, Guiana's president, the only chiefs of state besides Lula to participate in the Summit of the Amazon Countries and France on Climate Change, the Brazilian president said the preparation for the Copenhagen's summit  is a time of "collective responsibility" and compared the event to the construction of the Great Wall of China.

    "We are not going to repair our historical mistakes in just a few years. It will take a few decades. Copenhagen is an extraordinary beginning, it is as if we were building the China's Wall. The wall is long, exhausting, but someone had to lay the first stone. We are making of Copenhagen the possibility of us building the first step for establishing a more responsible policy to look after the planet," the president stated.

    And he went on: "It looked as if the Copenhagen meeting would be diminished in importance, that no chief of state was going to take part. Today, the United States has already a number to reduce greenhouse gases, it's not what I would like to see, but it already has a number. China is also presenting a number and we are here discussing among us," he said.

    For Lula, rich and poor countries have different responsibilities: "The poorer countries have to get financial help, not to prevent the development of these countries, but in order for them to be able to develop and  have the standard of living of developed countries," he added.
     
    According to the Brazilian leader, the Brazilian goal of greenhouse reduction being taken by Brazil to the Copenhagen's Climate Conference shows Americans and Europeans that Brazil is much more serious about tackling global warming than they are. 

    "We have just made a proposal that we are going to take to Copenhagen. We will take on the commitment of reducing the emissions of greenhouse gases between 36.1% and 38.9%. We want to show our American and European friends that here in Brazil we talk less and do more," he said.

    "We are not like those who say, "I kill the snake and I show the stick". Now, he who kills the snake and shows the stick didn't show the dead snake. Here, we kill the snake and show the little beast dead. But nowadays certainly this "killing the snake" is just a wordplay. We won't kill the poor little creature who is not harming anyone," he joked.

    Lula also criticized the international community for demanding that Brazil preserve its forests. And talked about the future of the state of Amazonas:

    "That state is not going to be seen only as the state of the Manaus Free Trade Area any more and it will make money through the preservation of its forest. Don't let any gringo tell us to let an Amazon resident starve to death under a tree. We want to preserve, but they will have to pay the bill of this preservation since we haven't brought down our forest like they did with theirs a century ago. We want to enjoy it correctly."

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    • Zico

      Gringoes
      You know, it’s amazing that this esteemed president of Brazil refers to Americans and Europeans as gringoes. What if Bush had referred to Brazilians and all latinos as “spics” or “beaners”. Let’s see Lula refer to Obama as a nigger. And again, the world yawns at Lula.

    • Forrest Allen Brown

      the amazon does not have a few decades.
      at the rate lula and his people are cutting the amazon you have about 10 years before you reach the hart of the amazon .

      just look to the southern rain forest in brazil all but gone and for what .

      instance self gradufaction , in a word money , greed as to take as much as you can then blame it on some one else.

      no if lula wants to save the amazon quit selling off all your food stocks to make money and feed your own people .

      cut a tree plant 2 replace what you have already destoried .

      dont look to other places as the US did cut many forest down but replanted them !!!!!!!! brazil has not .
      except for the quick growing trees for pole barns .

      I bet the US and Europ would match brazil and the rest of the basin countries pound for pound on money
      if there were a over site comitti to enforce laws , fines and jail time to any whom broke the rules and
      stold funds to line there own pockets.

      thewoman yes he knows what he is saying but the idiot does not care him and pbo are on a press tour
      trying to see whom gets more time in frount of the press

    • thewoman

      Moron
      Sure. We’ll sell our wood and amazon produced soybeans and beef to any gringo who wants it. But the gringos will have to pay to stop us from destroying the amazon to sell it to them.

      Does this idiot realize we have already destroyed 80% of our rainforest? Brazil has been in the destruction game as long as or longer than the gringoes lula complains about.

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