"SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt — Brazil’s incoming president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, laid out his vision for the world’s largest rainforest and the future of a warming planet before hundreds of supporters at annual climate talks here Wednesday.
In a 30-minute speech, he promoted respect for nature, rights for Indigenous people and a complete halt to deforestation across Brazil.
“Today I am here to say that Brazil is ready to join once again the efforts to build a healthier planet,” he said.
Lula then called for more leadership to reverse higher temperatures and more resources from developed countries so the poorest and most climate-threatened can face the consequences of a problem they didn’t create. And he called out gross inequity in how climate impacts are felt across nations based on the size of their economies.
“The struggle against global warming is inseparable from the fight against poverty,” he said to widespread applause."