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What follows is a conversation between journalist Alexander Zaitchick and Greg Wilpert of the Real News Network. Read a transcript of their conversation below or watch the video at the bottom of the post.
GREG WILPERT It’s The Real News Network and I’m Greg Wilpert in Baltimore. Eight Brazilian former ministers of the environment issued a warning last Wednesday that the government of right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro is in the process of systematically destroying Brazil’s environmental protection policies. The ministers from across the political spectrum say that the environmental ministry’s powers are being stripped, and that after a period of slowing the deforestation of the Amazon rainforest, it is now on the rise again. Marina Silva, who was Environmental Minister under President Lula da Silva called him “an exterminator of the future.” Joining me now to discuss what is happening with regard to Brazil’s environmental policies is Alexander Zaitchik. He is a freelance journalist who has been covering indigenous issues and land conflicts in Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, and Brazil. He recently returned from a trip to the western Amazon that was…