The Amazon Belongs to Everybody

By Ana Carolina Pelegrini Guimaraes

From my perspective, the Amazon belongs to everybody. Geographically, Brazil has the most territory and it is responsible for the largest part of the Amazon. Brazilian’s sovereignty on the rain forest does not mean that we are able to explore or destroy it, but the opposite. The purpose of our sovereignty is to protect and honor one of the most important environments in the world.

I believe, that as humans, we think we have the power to control everything we want with money. Which when we look into an important ecosystem, such as the Amazon, unfortunately, it is not different. Many times, we do not behave as part of the ecosystem, and we forget the importance of it to our existence. These behaviors desire changes.

Political situations in Brazil are very complicated right now. The nation has been going through a financial crisis for the past five or six years. Our population on the last election was looking forward to change positions and unfortunately, Bolsonaro was able to convince people that he would end corruption – even though his family was related to many scandals. As a light of hope a lot of people chose to change instead of keeping the same party – “PT” Workers party. As the representative of Brazil, Bolsonaro’s beliefs affect the behavior of the population. Brazilians started to consider more freedom to explore the forest for example.

Unfortunately, Brazil’s representatives are not focused on creating laws that restrict exploration. Furthermore, the current president believes that the economy will grow if we deforest for farmlands, he does not consider the environment a crucial subject. As a Brazilian, I am ashamed with the government attitudes. Many changes are happening and unfortunately, I see the country stepping backwards.

Fortunately, many countries and big businesses are pressuring Brazil’s representatives to focus on sustainability, which impacts the country with better laws, more security and more obligations of the government. I hope that the representatives will realize the importance of this giant ecosystem and the population will choose better representatives.

Ana Carolina Pelegrini Guimaraes is a graduate student at San Francisco State University in Geographic Information Science and Cartography.
Born in Resplendor, State of Minas Gerais, Brazil, she grew up passionate with the environment. Later on, at Federal University of Viçosa, she graduated from Land Survey and Cartography Engineering.
Currently, she is a graduate teacher assistant for Introduction to Environmentally Science and works as a student researcher for the Institute of Geography Information Science.
This picture of mine was taken at the Amazon last July when I first visit the rain forest.