Dubbed the “Trump of the Tropics,” by BBC News, hard-right presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro claimed victory in Brazil’s general elections on Oct. 27, 2018. The far-right, former army captain eerily enough walks among Brazilian ground mirroring nothing less than that of Donald Trump’s invidious persona.
Bolsonaro’s campaign, rhetoric and political agenda all terrifyingly reflect the actions of President Trump. Bolsonaro ostentatiously spewed denigrative views and comments about his opponents, women, gay people and minorities. He has also defended dictatorships and torture, but despite all this, he has somehow discovered a way to pull a declining nation toward his side – his right-side, that is.
At the peak of corruption, recession and incessant violence within their country, Brazilians sought a leader with hard, concrete stances on various issues. They all turned to Bolsonaro, who, just as President Trump proclaimed over social media as well as to passionate crowds, vowed to “make Brazil great again.”
Even his son, Eduardo Bolsonaro, commented before his father’s win, “It’s going to be beautiful, it’s going to be just like Trump in the United States.”
While much of Brazil stands with the newly elected Bolsonaro administration, a large chunk of Brazilian folk, as well as American people, stand firmly opposed to this objectionable hard-right man in power.
Written among his political agenda is one threatening promise that particularly concerns the people, environmentalists and native leaders. Included in Bolsonaro’s campaign, his statements vow to rollback protections of the Amazonian rainforest, as well as the rights of the indigenous people who live there among the millions of species of plants and animals. This Brazilian Republican represents a clear danger to not only his country now under his wing, but to the planet so rich with greenery, nature and wildlife.
According to reporters from National Geographic, Bolsonaro has a “very strong anti-environmentalist discourse,” and vows to, “wrong riches from the Amazon.” He wants to use those riches to expand agriculture, roads, mining projects and other infrastructure into indigenous lands.
Bolsonaro’s “economic project,” his unjust political agenda, is nothing but a means to simply destroy the Amazon and to reap its riches solely for the purpose of commodity exports. There are other ways Brazil has survived without touching the rainforest. If Bolsonaro’s statements play out, nothing but an unstoppable wave of violence among communities, as well as the inevitable environmental destruction in the Brazilian nation will occur. It will destroy indigenous people’s lives and create an uproar of controversy regarding global climate change.
Taking from the rainforest will not improve the world’s distress on the gradually increasing dangers of global climate change. The rainforest is abundant in exotic plants and animals. If these species lose their homes, the inevitable threat to destroy the rest of humanity’s environment rises even faster than ever before.
If Bolsonaro proceeds with his wishes to steal from the Amazonian rainforest, he will be creating a mutiny far greater than anyone could have ever imagine.