Oct 22, 2022

Jair Bolsonaro: The Amazon and why world is watching Brazil's election

While mining activity decreased after their land was protected, in the past four years under President Jair Bolsonaro, it's hit new highs. "Unfortunately, the political discourse of the current president of Brazil has always been, 'go ahead, deforest, do some gold mining, do whatever you want. The forests have no value." With large amounts of money being earned on Yanomami land, some of the indigenous community have become part of the industry - whether through being paid to grant access to the miners or mining themselves. Maria is rare in the mining community in the fact that she doesn't want Bolsonaro to win a second term. "The way it is today, all the mining that takes place in Roraima leaves the state illegally, not paying any taxes, no fees that will compensate the environmental damage caused by the mining. In the Brazilian Amazon there are 23 million people and those people need to work."

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