Wednesday, February 20th 2013 - 05:41 UTC

“Sustainability party” is born in Brazil headed by tireless fighter for Amazon rainforest protection

Former Brazilian environment minister and presidential candidate Marina Silva has launched a new political party with an eye on next year’s presidential elections. The new party is called “Sustainability Network.” It was launched in Brasilia at a meeting of politicians, congressmen and other Silva supporters.

Marina Silva was a presidential candidate in 2010 and won 20 million votes

Marina said “it is not a party created just for the elections” and said it “calls for a new vision of the world, in which we will be participants and not just spectators.”

Silva, 55, did not say if she plans to run for the presidency in 2014. She won a surprising 20 million votes, or 19% of the total, in a first round of voting when she ran for president in 2010.

Silva's party will push for “a sustainable future and seek to break the monopoly of traditional political parties,” said Pedro Ivo Batista, who is helping set up the new organization.

“We want a new way of conducting politics, bring politics to the people, use the networks of civil society,” he added.

A figurehead of Brazil's environmental movement, Silva has been a tireless fighter for the protection of the Amazon rainforest.

A member of ex-president Lula da Silva's Worker's Party until 2009, Silva served in his cabinet as environment minister for five years from 2003. She later joined the Green Party.

Born into a family of rubber tappers in the northern state of Acre, she was a colleague of Chico Mendes, the environmental pioneer who was assassinated for defending the Amazon environment.

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1 redpoll (#) Feb 20th, 2013 - 01:28 pm Report abuse
This lady seems to talk a lot of sense. I say go for it Marina
2 Hepatia (#) Feb 20th, 2013 - 02:05 pm Report abuse
Yep, she did well in the last election. I think she will do well in the next one also.
3 redpoll (#) Feb 20th, 2013 - 02:42 pm Report abuse
Big problem is that she may be fine but does she know how to pick her subordinates in government and lead the country?
4 BAMF Paraguay (#) Feb 20th, 2013 - 05:22 pm Report abuse
She sucks....
5 Ayayay (#) Feb 20th, 2013 - 06:08 pm Report abuse
Best wishes, Marina
6 redpoll (#) Feb 20th, 2013 - 06:24 pm Report abuse
Bamf Why? You in Paraguay are much closer to Brazil than I am. Can you expand please?
7 briton (#) Feb 20th, 2013 - 07:31 pm Report abuse
May the force be with you,
and with time and luck, you may well see your dreams come true,
an honest brazil, nice brazil , happy brazil, and no CFK.

well done.
8 GeoffWard2 (#) Feb 20th, 2013 - 08:00 pm Report abuse
Not sure she has the balls to manage Brasil's 'environment ' and the curruption and crime that remains endemic.

Brasil needs trading structures, research, development, indigenous high-tech industries, infrastructure and education, education, education.
Oil, gas, hydroelectrics and nuclear will be the next president's energy agenda. Can she move her desired position to one which recognises the strange energy-bedfellows that she would have to embrace?

Silva may reduce the rate of forest destruction but can she take on the 'coronels', the ranchers, the agrocompanies, the loggers, the miners with the expectation that they will even compromise with her leadership.
I think not - though it pains me to say it.

Dilma is developing the track-record and the balls.
She may drag Brasil, kicking and screaming, into a more ethical world. Until she fails or is found to be 'not what she presently professes to be', I will support her rather than Marina.
9 brit0n (#) Feb 20th, 2013 - 08:25 pm
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10 Escoses D0ido (#) Feb 20th, 2013 - 08:51 pm
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11 The Cestrian (#) Feb 20th, 2013 - 08:53 pm Report abuse
One of the founding principles of Brazil's newly found economic “miracle” is the destruction of the rain forest”. Very unlikely that she will get in the way of that continuing. I fear for her TBH.
12 briton (#) Feb 20th, 2013 - 09:22 pm Report abuse
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sussy again you have been reported for using other peoples I.D.
your ignorence is as childish as your inteligence.
13 redpoll (#) Feb 20th, 2013 - 09:29 pm Report abuse
@12 Sussie has no intelligence or not more than an amoeba. Mebbe thats insulting an amoeba
14 briton (#) Feb 20th, 2013 - 09:30 pm Report abuse
its a sham mercopress allows this to happen.
15 redpoll (#) Feb 20th, 2013 - 09:43 pm Report abuse
Briton Of course its a shame. Obvouslymeroprees editorial staff are a bit limited at times. Just stand back and laugh at its puny efforts. Anyone with a screen name that contains an o is likely to be attacked to confuse the issue. It hasnt done it to me yet as it said sometime ago that it didnt read my posts (Thank God), though I did get a reply addressed to Redpiss a while back
16 briton (#) Feb 20th, 2013 - 10:06 pm Report abuse
i agree,
perhaps susy will just fade
17 Mario Alejandro (#) Feb 21st, 2013 - 02:11 am
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18 redpoll (#) Feb 21st, 2013 - 02:19 am Report abuse
Well Mario I hope you are not. Its a dirty trick We may not agree with each other but I hope we have enough honesty to stick to our original screen names
19 BAMF Paraguay (#) Feb 21st, 2013 - 12:29 pm Report abuse
#6 Redpoll - Sra. Silva is what I like to call an environmentalist that utilizes force to achieve her goals. Instead of simply encouraging other environmentalists to purchase up large portions of the Amazon Rain Forest, she prefers to use force to either decide what people may or may not do with their own property or she simply wants to take it away from them through the use of the government. To me that is not good; it removes any property rights that Brazilians have.

Other than that she prefers the use of force to achieve all of her other goals, such as fighting poverty. Instead of creating a business friendly environment, she prefers to use of force to redistribute wealth to the poor. Yet this only makes the poor dependent on the government and at the same time kills off any incentive for people to work or business to create new jobs.

So I don't think she would be any good for the country. She may be popular with the people, but the role of the President isn't to be popular, but to lead a country (note the word “lead” and not “rule”). In any good leader, be it a general of an army or the manager of a business, one must make difficult decisions that are NOT popular; Sra. Silva doesn't have this ability. She is a populist such as Lula, CFK, Hugo, Correa, Obama, etc.
20 ChrisR (#) Feb 21st, 2013 - 02:44 pm Report abuse
19 BAMF Paraguay

Excellent post, I particularly like the ”(note the word “lead” and not “rule”)” bit.
21 redpoll (#) Feb 21st, 2013 - 03:47 pm Report abuse
Bamf Thank you for your incisive analysis. While I dont necessarily agree with all your conclusions, its definitely food for thought
22 An Argie (#) Feb 24th, 2013 - 01:26 am Report abuse
she is black.fullstop
23 Hepatia (#) Feb 24th, 2013 - 01:22 pm Report abuse In reality the first role of any president is to get elected. And to get elected a candidate needs to win an absolute majority of votes. So, to that extent, the role of a president is to be popular.

But beyond that point a popular president can do much more than an unpopular one.

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