By Laurie Browne
“We don’t have to be a scientist to know that human impact is changing the global climate”, said Ambassador Luiz Alberto Figueiredo Machado last night at the World Affairs Council – Washington, DC event at the Ronald Reagan International Trade Center Building. Formerly Brazils’ Foreign Affairs Minister, Ambassador Machado spoke favorably about his expectations of the upcoming Paris Summit on climate change in 2015. He highlighted recent agreements between Brazilian President Dilmah Rousseff and President Obama on sustainable land use, adaptation, and clean energy. By reducing emmisions of agricultural lands, making use of sustainable and renewable resources and establishing North- South collaboration the United States and Brazil can lead by example.
Ambassador Figueiredo illuminated that this was a significant change since the last summit in Copenhagen in 2009 of which today he feels movements are more aggressive towards change in today’s conditions. Ambassador Machado emphasized the importance of protecting vulnerable communities by adopting commitments economy-wide for temperature reduction by 2025. Complementing this, he explained that the Paris summit this year is a crucial step towards the fight against climate change in the expectant agreements to keep the global temperature under 2 degrees Celsius by 2025. By agreeing upon respectful, achievable possibilities for all countries and by doing as much as we can as a society, Ambassador Machado was optimistic towards the expected results of this year’s summit. Many questions from the audience highlighted accountability, willingness and economic investment of the countries involved. Ambassador Machado was clear on the support, encouragement and expectancy of transparency and comfortability for all countries agreeing upon mobilization methods used to achieve a global goal. While we will not solve everything in Paris, the Ambassador believes that we will come to agreements that are needed to leave a healthy planet to the worlds next generations.