Environmental foes

A change in Brazilian diplomacy sets Amazon on fire

Antonio E. Holanda
8 min readOct 27, 2020


Photo by Karsten Winegeart on Unsplash

Once upon a time, there was a country south of the Equator named Brazil. It was a large country, almost the size of the United States. It was a country of diverse fauna and flora, with many colors in many ecosystems. There was a prairie, there were pine woods, there was an almost desert. And there were some large, rich, greener than green tropical forests. They were amazing. Being south of the Equator by an inch or so, it was a tropical country of plenty of rain, so much rain it had a forest-grown on rain — a Rainforest.

And it was beautiful

The first forest to vanish was the ocean tropical one. It happened as people (named European, then later renamed Brazilians) built large and awful cities on the costs.

Later, it began destroying the prairie, the pine-woods forest, and the major forest of the land: The Amazon Rainforest.

Brazil is not a wealthy country. Better said, it has a lot of riches, but its people were, and is, poor. Not being wealthy, it was not a strong, well-armed country. Nevertheless, the government of this huge country was sovereign. It met with other nations on international forums as an equal. It always had. Even during the king’s era, many years ago, Brazil was proud of itself and was met with respect by other nations.

During the king’s years, he was celebrated all over the world. He traveled to Europe and the Middle East. He even went to the United States of America, a century-old country not long passed its brutal civil war. He went there by the time of the Centennial Exposition. He saw Bell’s invention, the telephone, and was praised as an enlightened leader.

After becoming a Republic, trying to mimic the steps of the United States of America (so much so that its first republican name was the United States of Brazil), Brazil kept on playing a key role in global affairs. As the North American friend, it believed in respect among equals. American states are equal, so should be nations worldwide.

During the Hague Conventions of 1899 and 1907, Brazil was a major player in the defense of the principle of legal equality of nations. Brazil argued in favor of an international law that would democratically balance…



Antonio E. Holanda

Brazilian living in France. Academia: Law and Literature.