In homage to the Kyoto Protocol, which went into effect on Wednesday, February 16, Brazil’s Ministry of Environment inaugurated the Kyoto Forest in BrasÀlia’s Botanical Park.
141 trees representing 14 native scrubland species were planted by representatives of the countries that adhered to the agreement.
Victor Zveibeil, Secretary of Environmental Quality of the Ministry of Environment, represented Minister Marina Silva at the ceremony. He said that there is hope that there will be a global effort on behalf of the cause.
Zveibil said that Brazil has no obligation to set standards like developed countries, which have a long story of gas emissions, which are responsible for the world’s climate changes.
Nevertheless, in his view, the government has an ethical responsibility and is making progress in terms of combatting deforestation and burnings in the Amazon, which correspond to Brazil’s biggest gas emissions.
The Kyoto Protocol, an international accord to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases, went into effect on Wednesday. 141 countries ratified the accord. The United States was not one of them.