Brazil's instability may halt progress

The government of Brazil has recently confirmed its involvement in and support of the Paris Agreement on climate change. Since Brazil is one of the top contributors to greenhouse gas emissions worldwide, this is a step in the right direction toward combatting climate change. Brazil’s actions may inspire other nations to act accordingly in order to alleviate the drastic level at which climate change is occurring.

The climate agreement allows nations to set their own goals regarding emission reduction. The new Brazilian President Michel Temer, who replaced Dilma Rousseff upon her resignation, aims to reduce emissions by as much as 37 percent by the end of 2025.

Brazil’s promise to reduce waste is necessary and an important stride in the right direction. While it may encourage other nations and allied powers of Brazil to do the same, the question of whether Brazil will follow through with the accord remains to be seen. Despite the fact that the Brazilian people have a new president who seems to be in total support of enacting legislation in favor of fewer emissions, corruption still remains. The Brazilian economy has also been on a decline. The notion that Brazil would like to contribute to the fight against negative climate change is pleasant but, perhaps, a bit far-fetched.