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Friday, December 09, 2022

Petro at the United Nations: Stop Poisoning the Amazon Rainforest

United Nations (AP) – Colombian President Gustavo Petro has called on a “hypocritical” world not to touch the beauty of the Colombian Amazon rainforest with “its poison” as needed to save humanity from the catastrophe of climate change.

In his first speech before the United Nations General Assembly, the president on Tuesday denounced capitalism and the thirst for coal, oil and cocaine, the causes of forest destruction, and called on Latin America to stop investing in weapons and bet instead . On saving the environment.

Petro said the war on drugs has failed, as has the fight against the climate crisis.

“The culprit of drug addiction is not the jungle, but the irrationality of world power,” he said. The president asked that countries be helped to reduce foreign debt to release funds to “save humanity”. .

The president said that, if the course was not straightened, 2.8 million young people in the United States would die from an overdose of fentanyl, which is not produced in Latin America.

“(The United States) will see millions of African Americans imprisoned in their own private prisons. Prison will become a business of Afro prison companies, a million more Latin Americans will be killed, our waters and our green fields will be filled with blood, they Will see the dream of democracy die in both my America and Anglo-Saxon America,” he said. “By hiding the truth they will see the forest and democracy dying.”

Petro also spoke out in defense of the protection of the coca plant.

“To destroy the coca plant they spray poison, glyphosate that moves through water, they arrest and imprison their growers,” he said. “Destroy the plant that kills, they shout from the north, but this plant is just one more plant out of millions that perish when the forest is set on fire.”

Petro took office on 7 August as the first left-wing president in the history of the Andean nation. He has invited countries in Central America, South America and the Caribbean affected by drug trafficking to evaluate the anti-drug policy that, in his opinion, Colombia has failed.

The president ordered the suspension of the process undertaken by his predecessor to resume aerial spraying of illegal crops with the herbicide glyphosate. His new anti-drug strategy seeks to promote voluntary replacement of farmer crops and limit forced eradication involving state security forces.

The president arrived in New York on Sunday and spoke to Colombian immigrants in Queens County. He also met with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry.

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Astrid Suarez collaborated with Bogotá.

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