September 2014

The world needs the first green president!

2014-Sep-30   ::   (0 comments)

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Marina Silva

Marina Silva is on the verge of a stunning election win. As an environmentalist and a black woman from a poor Amazon family, she carries the hopes of more than one minority in Brazilian politics and of many conservationists around the world.

Silva is a mix of Brazil’s three main ethnic groups. Among her ancestors are native Indians, Portuguese settlers and African slaves. While she is usually described as predominantly "indigenous", friends say Silva categorises herself as "black" in the national census. In Brazil's white-dominated political world, this is exceptional.

For more than a decade, she has been known as the country's most prominent Green campaigner, having first worked on sustainability at the grassroots with the Amazon activist Chico Mendes, who was later murdered. She later served as environment minister in Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva's administration from 2003 to 2008, when she put in place effective measures to slow the deforestation of the Amazon.

"She has proved her credentials as an environmentalist and protector of the Amazon. She also has a very strong ethical code and is totally free from any taint of corruption, which is extremely rare in politics in Brazil, where scandals happen all the time." Sais Altino Machado, who met Marina Silva more than 30 years ago.

"Sustainable development is a global trend that can be seen in China, India and elsewhere. If I win, of course I want to make Brazil a symbol of that trend. It won't just be us, but we have enormous potential," Marina said.

Now is the time for the first president who will put the protection of the world’s resources on her agenda.

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