Brazilian Environment Minister


“The time for talking is over. It is time for providing answers, solutions, actions. We are all tired of endless meetings which just postpone the solutions for the problems.” Brazil’s environment minister speaks out about the increasing loss of planet and animal species.

Izabella Teixeira made her plea at the COP10 Convention on Biological Diversity in Japan. Here’s her statement:

“The time for talking is over. It is time for providing answers, solutions, actions. We are all tired of endless meetings which just postpone the solutions for the problems. We are also tired of decisions which are dissociated from real life. While that happens, over the past few years, not only has there been an absence of relevant signs of reduction of biodiversity loss but also the available indicators portray a growing deterioration of global biodiversity. Reverting this process, which in essence is a result of human activity, requires an unprecedented effort, with strong and determined responses from all global societies. Essentially, political will is required to change the patterns of the way different segments of society appropriate biodiversity resources for themselves.”

“There is momentum for us to achieve good results in Nagoya. All Ministers I talk to reassure their spirit of compromise and flexibility. If we lose this opportunity, in the search for the perfect deal, we will be giving signs that we don’t need a deal. We can’t give the world this message.”

“It is necessary to keep our vision on the future, so that our children and our grandchildren can, as we are, be the beneficiaries of nature’s overwhelming wealth.”

“There is no more time for rhetoric, for actions dissociated from the multilateral efforts or for us to continue the game of attributing to the neighbours the greatest responsibilities. The impacts of our lack of action can increasingly be felt upon ourselves, not upon the future generations any longer. To act now is not only a matter of political will, it is also a question of responsibility, commitment, vision, ethics and survival.”

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