For Brazil, the climate emergency is already a reality - President Lula da Silva

Luiz Inácio Lula Da Silva, President of Brazil

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# 01 December 2023 17:46 (UTC +04:00)

President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva of Brazil, who took office last year pledging to make environmental policy a cornerstone of his administration, called climate change “the greatest challenge that humanity has faced till now," APA reports citing The New York Times.

But he lamented the fact that, instead of working to address the challenge quickly, the global community was “going to wars that feed divisions and deepen poverty and inequalities.”

Mr. Lula highlighted his country’s efforts to reduce deforestation in the Amazon. It’s been a year since he assumed leadership of South America’s largest country, and deforestation has fallen to a five-year low.

Mr. Lula came to office saying that Brazil was “ready to resume its leading role in the fight against the climate crisis,” but on Friday, he noted that the destructive effects of a warming planet were already ravaging his country.

“In Brazil, the climate emergency is already a reality,” Mr. Lula said. “The Amazon region is going through an unprecedented drought. The level of the rivers is the lowest in 120 years. I could never imagine that this would happen in a place where we have the greatest reservoir of fresh water of the world.”

On Thursday, Brazil announced that it planned to join OPEC Plus, a powerful consortium of oil-producing countries that includes Saudi Arabia and Russia, in 2024. The decision came shortly after Mr. Lula made a visit to Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, where he met the kingdom’s crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman.

As one of the world’s fastest-growing oil producers, Brazil would add to the firepower of OPEC Plus, which already produces more than 40 percent of the world’s oil supplies. Brazil is South America’s largest oil producer.

Note that the Brazilian delegation to IMO included representatives from Petrobras, Transpetro and mining company Vale.

In a speech to COP28 today, Camille Bourgeon, the IMO’s technical officer, marine environment division, characterised the outcome of MEPC80 differently, calling it “a historic moment of unanimous commitment” to climate action.

“The IMO strategy foresees reaching net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by or around 2050, taking into account different national circumstances,” he said. “The strategy also defines the reduction pathway towards net-zero, namely by reducing emissions by at least 20%, striving for 30% by 2030 and by at least 70%, striving for 80%, by 2040.

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