Brazil | Bolsonaro commits to environmental goals at the Climate Summit

Also featured: Delays in the vaccination of priority groups and the anniversary of the massacre in Eldorado dos Carajás

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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro at the Climate Summit, on Thursday, April 22nd - Foto: Reprodução

This week, in What’s happening in Brazil, we take a look at the speech of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro at the Climate Summit organized by the president of the United States, Joe Biden. Bolsonaro claimed to have strengthened environmental agencies, increased resources to combat climate change, and pledged to eliminate illegal logging by 2030. The data on environmental issues shows a very different picture, with shrinking budgets adding to the escalation of fires and deforestation. 

We also debate the further delays in the vaccination of priority groups due to lack of raw material to produce the vaccines. Previously set to end in May, the vaccination is now expected to be completed by September. Meanwhile, COVID-19 continues to spread across the country. 

In our Culture Talk segment, we introduce you to a teacher in the state of Pernambuco who has transformed local legends into books and internet videos.  

In our Story of the Week, we remember the massacre against rural workers at Eldorado dos Carajás in 1996. As the violent action of police forces reaches its 25th anniversary, we talk to some of the workers present in the massacre and learn about the protests undertaken every April to mark the date. 

Finally, in our Brazilianism segment, we teach you a delicious local recipe and play a song by one of Brazil’s main samba artists. Enjoy the show! 

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Edited by: Julia Abdalla