Lula vowed to safeguard the Amazon. After Bolsonaro, it won’t be easy.

By Paulina Villegas and Sarah Kaplan
Washington Post
October 31, 2022
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

BRASILIA — When Luis Inácio Lula da Silva was elected president of Brazil on Sunday, Gustavo Conde felt a sense of relief — for himself and everyone. “It feels like we can breathe again,” the 23-year-old cook said in downtown Brasilia. “And so will the planet.” If Lula keeps his campaign promises to safeguard the Amazon rainforest, analysts say, Brazil could have a major impact on the worldwide fight against climate change, after years of accelerating deforestation under President Jair Bolsonaro. Scientists warn that the lungs of the planet, vital to slowing global warming, are approaching a tipping point. “Let’s fight for zero deforestation. The planet needs the Amazon alive,” Lula, who served two terms as president from 2003 to 2010, said in his victory address Sunday night. “A standing tree is worth more than tons of wood illegally harvested by those who think only of easy profit.”

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