The Take: Can Lula save the shrinking Amazon?

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva’s promise to protect the Amazon Rainforest may mean a fight against crime.

Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva waits for the official family photo with leaders of countries attending the Amazon Summit at the Hangar Convention Centre in Belem, Para State, Brazil, on August 9, 2023 [Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters]

When Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva took office more than a year ago, he pledged to end deforestation in the Amazon by 2030. He’s on the right track: Last year, the forest shrank 50 percent less than in 2022. But the clock is ticking. Will Lula manage to keep his word? The world’s largest tropical rainforest is at stake.

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Episode credits:

This episode was produced by Marcos Bartolomé, Chloe K. Li and Manahil Naveed with Mohamed Zain Shafi Khan, and our host, Natasha del Toro, in for Malika Bilal.

The Take production team is Amy Walters, Ashish Malhotra, Catherine Nouhan, Chloe K. Li, David Enders, Duha Mosaad, Khaled Soltan, Manahil Naveed, Marcos Bartolomé, Sarí el-Khalili, Sonia Bhagat, and Tamara Khandaker. 

Our sound designer is Alex Roldan. Our lead of audience development and engagement is Aya Elmileik and Adam Abou-Gad is our engagement producer.

Alexandra Locke is The Take’s executive producer. Ney Alvarez is Al Jazeera’s head of audio.

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Source: Al Jazeera