How could effective domestic policy-making & COVID-19 help us fight climate change? #Forum2000online

April 15, 2021

“Domestic Brazilian policy in relation to the Amazon, deforestation particularly – that is the highest proportion of emission in Brazil, is the key.“

Eduardo Viola is a Professor of International Relations at the University of Brasilia who also works as Senior Researcher of the Brazilian Council for Research (CNPQ) and at the Institute of Advanced Studies at the University of Sao Paulo. At present, he is the Chair of the Brazilian Research Network on “The International System in the Anthropocene and Climate Change”. In his work, Professor Viola focuses on the impacts and responsibilities of the global community toward the environment which were also the topics of our discussion in #Forum2000online chat. While global cooperation is necessary for tackling climate change, there are countries who have more responsibility in producing the problem, including Brazil itself. In these, the effective domestic policy could significantly help the situation. However, as Professor Viola explains, raising awareness is another important factor. In this regard, the unfortunate pandemic situation proved to have a positive effect on public perceptions of global warming-related issues.

"The idea of global warming is very difficult to capture besides the people with scientific education, high education.“

The interview was recorded on April 13, 2021, and moderated by Sacha Hannig, member of the Forum 2000 Democratic Solidarity, researcher, and journalist from Chile.