Al Gore: Talking about The Internationalization of the Amazon Is Absurd and Ridiculous

Former US vice president says Brazil is at a crossroads on the environmental agenda

"If the Brazilian people make it clear in the electoral process that they want leaders committed to solving the climate crisis, the benefits for Brazil in terms of jobs, a safer and cleaner environment and a more prosperous future are very clear to see. There is no controversy." The statement is from Al Gore, former vice president of the United States and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for his role in combating global warming.

In an exclusive telephone interview with Folha, Al Gore said that it would not be appropriate to defend a candidate in Brazilian presidential contests, but asked people to inform themselves as much as possible about the current climate stage and to take this into account when voting.

"I hope that Brazilians who share these same concerns, and the enthusiasm about the new opportunities, will consider participating in this speech, learn about the climate crisis and become active participants in the October elections," he said. Regarding the coup-based speeches of President Jair Bolsonaro (PL) against electronic voting machines, Al Gore highlighted that any national leader who seeks to undermine public trust is an enemy of democracy.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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