Controversial Election in Brasil: Hope for the Amazon Rainforest?


Clément Laplante, Journalist, Graphism

Left candidate Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva won the election with 51% of the votes and defeated far-right president Jair Bolsonaro this  October 30.

Bolsonaro didn’t say anything yet about the election. This means that he will probably not recognize the election. Moreover, his sons said their father was the victim of “the greatest electoral fraud ever seen.” Bolsonaro also said that “democracy will slow down the development of Brazil.” He also said the same things as Donald Trump, “if I lose, it’s because there is an electoral fraud.” This comment could cause many problems like riots and violent contests like the Capitol assault. This election also divided Brazil like the American election of 2020.

President Jair Bolsonaro has been clear, he did not fear sacrificing the amazon. In 2021, 13 235 kilometres of trees have been cut, the highest number since 2005. Lula had already been president before Bolsonaro, and the amazonian forest was growing under his rule. Unfortunately, it is more difficult to help amazon than to destroy it, which could be a big problem for Lula.

This election is also very important worldwide, 450 billion tons of CO2 are contained in the amazon forest, a very significant amount. Moreover, 37% of the forest has been cut down in some sectors. All of these factors reunited to create one of the biggest ecological disasters on earth.