Brazil is going backwards. The gains achieved up to 2015 have been collapsing. From cutting basic programs against poverty to incentivizing highly polluted industries, such as agricultural pesticide, with tax breaks, the Federal Government has embarked in a denial crusade against the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Accord. All areas need special attention in Brazil at this moment, but the most urgent problems are the criminal deforestation and complete disregard for the indigenous populations.Overview of climate change
Brazil's government threatened to follow the U.S. and leave the Paris Accord. The Minister of Environment has done all he can to support deforestation and criminal land grabbing from the indigenous reservations. He has been denounced, along with the current President, in the International Criminal Court for crime against humanity and the environment. The incapacity of the current government has been rampantly exposed last year, when it didn't know how to handle a major oil spill that reached the coast of the northeast, as well as how it is doing a dreadful job on containing the Covid-19 pandemic, that is spreading out of control. As for people in general, they still think that protecting the environment would harm the economy. The level of environmental education in general is below poor.
Key constituents most marginalisedIndigenous populations, Quilombolas (afro-descendent in rural areas), LGBTQI, women and girls.
Civil society priorities
Progressive tax reform to reduce inequalities. Revoke the Constitutional Amendment 95, that puts a cap on public spending on health, education and social assistance. Complete hold on deforestation. Universal Basic Income to the most vulnerable.
Civil society engagementDemocracy has been hit hard by an out of the ordinary presidential impeachment, in 2016. The successor started by destroying many of the development policies in place, approved with Congress the Amendment 95 to impose a harsh austerity program that froze investment in social development, with the excuse that it would contain growing public debt. It cut the investment, but the debt kept growing for the resources were diverted to non essential areas that satisfied part of the infrastructure business community and political allies. The elected government, in 2018, is anti-civil society organizations, composed of people with no knowledge beyond their ideological faith on opinions with hints of eugenist morals and vulgarities.Public awarenessThe 2030 Agenda has been translated. The GT Agenda 2030 has disseminated the content through specialized and general seminars, communication campaigns, advocacy work, and by creating a digital learning platform for NGO representatives. Some local governments are engaged. "Rede ODS Brasil", a network of local government personnel and academia, led by someone from Barcarena (Pará), has disseminated the Agenda throughout, as well as the engagement of the National Front of Mayors as a catalyst for publicizing the SDGs. CS has been steadily growing on awareness about the SDG and having it in their work. Besides GT Agenda 2030, there is another national network of NGOs, "Estratégia ODS", that also works with sub-national governments and private businesses.