Recently, the Brazilian Government reversed its decision to open a huge area of the Amazon to mining interests. Likewise, the ministry of Mines and energy made a statement in which he stated that “President Michel Temer would issue a new decree restoring the original conditions of the nature reserve” (NPR). Those conditions come from an established decree, which was enacted in 1984 under the military dictatorship of Brazil at that time. The decree protected 17000 plus square miles of the Amazon rainforest within the northern part of brazil. The area is rich in copper. Furthermore, the area is home to several indigenous tribes along with several significant troves of gold, iron, and other valuable minerals.
Prior to the change in opening the area to mining the ministry of energy and mining reasoned that this would combat illegal mining activities and attract much needed legal investments in the area. Yet, when the decree was made it met stiff opposition in the forms of both activists and opposition politicians, who stated that this decree was “the biggest attack on the Amazon of the last 50 years” (NPR). Furthermore, one of Brazil’s senators even made it clear that the military dictatorship did not dear to put forth the idea of dismantling the rain forest for the opportunity for industry. Moreover, Brazilian supermodel and Tom Brady’s wife Gisele Bündchen initiated public resentment over the government’s choice to by stating that the Government was in many ways auctioning off plots of the Amazon.
Yet, even after the Brazilian government had revised the decree to limit mining in the area a federal Brazilian court had suspended the policy in quick concession and stated that the Brazilian president had over reached his powers in this situation. President Temer is no rookie to legal issues as he was earlier found guilty for a recent and massive corruption probe. Additionally, Greenpeace Brazil’s Marcio Astrini stated that there is no Brazilian leader whose immune to the public and its power of resentment for certain actions. Yet he still believes that the war over the safety of the amazon is still on going and that this was just one of many victories Greenpeace needed.
Consequently, though both the Brazilian government and its ministry of mining and energy made it clear that the decision was not the nail to the coffin for the government’s plan to instill economic prosperity into the Brazilian land. This is because both believe firmly that Brazil needs to grow economically and be able
to produce jobs, and attract investments in the areas of mining, and even maybe tap into the economic potential of the Brazilian land itself.