Gallery: How Committed Are Latin American Presidents To The Environment?

Elections are coming and it is worth knowing how committed Latin American presidents are to the environment.

Nayib Bukele, Iván Duque and Jair Bolsonaro

We tell you how committed to the environment some of the Latin American presidents are. Photo: LatinAmerican Post

LatinAmerican Post | Vanesa López Romero

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Currently, environmental crises, and especially the climate crisis, are one of the biggest global concerns and an element that voters take into account when choosing a candidate. It is more than clear that the well-being of the environment has taken a relevant place and that it is very necessary that government leaders have within their political agendas an environmental approach to take care not only of the health of the environment but also the health of the inhabitants of the territories to be protected and the population in general.

Although Latin America is not a region that generates GHG (greenhouse effect gases) in a massive way compared to world powers, it is one of the regions that will experience the consequences of climate change first-hand, so governments must show a broad interest in creating spaces and policies to protect the environment and mitigate environmental crises. Below we will quote you how committed to the environment are some of the Latin American presidents.

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AMLO: During the term of the Mexican president it has become clear that the environment is not one of his priorities, in fact, he seems to despise the protection of the environment because, according to him, it unduly affects the economy of Mexico. In April of this year, it was reported that there were budget cuts of up to 37% compared to 2018 for the environmental sectors. So far, 90 civil organizations focused on the environment have denounced the danger that their government poses to the biodiversity of the Central American country.

Nayib Bukele: The controversial president of El Salvador has maintained an environmental discourse that has made him popular, especially for his discourse regarding the conservation of wetlands. However, his speech goes very against the actions he takes regarding economic growth, far from sustainability. Private investment in infrastructure without restrictions on the environment is the clearest example of this.

Iván Duque: In recent months, the Colombian president has been recognized internationally for his commitment to the environment by expanding the extension of natural reserves in Colombia. Parallel to this, we find that the coffee-growing country is the country with the most deaths of environmental defenders in the world and that it has not yet ratified its entry into the Escazú Agreement, the same agreement that seeks to protect the people of all days are on the front line protecting the country's biodiversity.

Jair Bolsonaro: Without a doubt, the president of Brazil is the most reluctant to work on the environment, which has been a cause for international concern, taking into account that a large part of the Amazon, also known as the lung, is located in the South American country. of the world. Bolsonaro even came to the presidency undermining the national and international effort to protect the environment.

Alberto Fernández: The Argentine president is perhaps the one who most focuses his speech on the environment on the list. Close to completing his first year at La Casa Rosada, Fernández has demonstrated his commitment to the environment by promulgating Law 27,621, to implement Comprehensive Environmental Education. Likewise, his rhetoric falls on environmental justice as social justice.

Pedro Castilla: The recently elected Peruvian president has shown interest in protecting the environment and indigenous peoples since the beginning of his campaign and his presidency. It recently announced the closure of four mining operations that it inherited from the previous government, ensuring that mining operations must be done with respect for the environment.

If something is clear, it is that on many occasions the speeches remain in the air and no actions are taken. Several of the presidents who are entering their terms so far have shown an interest in this issue, but only time will tell if their interest is only words or it can generate a real change in their respective countries and, eventually, in the region.

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