The conference has brought together nearly 5,000 participant-representatives from 26 countries to discuss the world's current climate change crisis.
Salles was invited to speak on the third day of the meeting. When an announcer called his name to the stage, the minister was greeted by a raucous crowd, who booed him loudly, as they stood up carrying signs that read "There's no planet B," "No to environmental destruction, yes to life," and "Don't you get tired of your own lies?"
Participants drowned the first few minutes of the minister's speech by heckling him, yelling messages such as "Fire," "the Amazon is burning," and "a--hole."
Conservationists blame the far-right government of
They believe that Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro encourages the clearing of land by burning it as a way to clear the soil before planting a new crop, and they argue that his constant attacks on environmental protection agencies, as well as controversial plans to develop indigenous reserves, are contributing to an inevitable environmental disaster.
Data released this week by a Brazilian environmental agency, the
The climate-skeptic president, who's reportedly proud to be nicknamed the "Trump of the Tropics," drew worldwide criticism Wednesday when he suggested that the wildfires might have been started by non-governmental organizations as a political move to make him look bad. He didn't provide any type of evidence to back his claim up.
"Maybe -- I am not affirming it -- these [NGO people] are carrying out some criminal actions to draw attention against me, against the government of
Even though more than 75,000 wildfires have been recorded in
According to the
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