By Donitra Clemons, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – A survey conducted by the Ministry of the Environment released this week showed that Brazilians are increasingly aware of the importance of preserving the environment. The issue of the environment appeared in sixth place (thirteen percent) in the ranking of the main concerns identified by the population. Brazil Environment Minister Izabella Teixeira, confirmed the survey results of what Brazilians think of the environment and sustainable consumption, photo by Wilson Dias/ABr. The ranking is more than twice what it was in 1997, when it was just five percent. Others larger concerns on the list are health (81 percent), crime (65 percent), unemployment (34 percent), education (32 percent) and politicians (23 percent). “The results are quite impressive,” assessed Environment Minister, Izabella Teixeira, during the release of the study results. According to the survey, the environment is first in the list of reasons to be proud of Brazil, with 28 percent of the respondents voting it the top reason to be proud. In addition, 65 percent of respondents said that survival is the main reason to preserve it. “This is a good thing, because people begin to understand the importance not only due to the preservation of animals and plants,” said Samyra Crespo, secretary of Institutional Coordination Environmental Citizenship and the Environment. Among the environmental problems listed, the population cited deforestation, with 67 percent, followed by pollution of rivers, lakes and other water sources, with 47 percent. Air pollution, decreasing the volume of waste and the ozone appears below. Another interesting result was that 78 percent of the population does not know what Rio+20 is, the largest UN Conference on Sustainable Development to be held next week in Rio de Janeiro. Minister Teixeira responded: “Since we are talking about all of Brazil, this rate is not low. We are talking about 22 percent, which represents at least forty million [people know what Rio+20 is]. I think a very good number”, she said. Read more (in Portuguese). * The Rio Times Daily Updates feature is offered to help keep you up-to-date with major news as it happens. 2 Responses to "Brazilians Rank Environment High: Daily" MJ June 8, 2012 at 10:30 AM ““The results are quite impressive,” assessed Environment Minister, Izabella Teixeira, during the release of the study results”” WRONG! Your number one issue by virtue of your own vote is “health”. And yet optimal health and a good environment are synonymous! You can’t have one without the other unless you live on the space station or in a hyperbaric chamber. I cannot say that my uninhibited breathing is my number one concern and then live in a house of cats, which I am deathly allergic to. Come on Brazil! You have one of the best, if not THE best, and LAST bastions of what could be a perfect environment. Bump it up six more levels to number one and health will automatically follow. It should be: environment/health (100%), Education (99.9%)crime (65 percent), unemployment (50 percent), and politicians (.01 percent- “just say no”). Brian F. Gorman, PhD June 9, 2012 at 2:05 PM There are two main areas of “pollution” or “anti-environment” in Brasil: 1) Water pollution (particularly in Sau Paulo and Rio de Janeiro); 2) deforestation. The rain forest of South America (especially Brasil) is by far the most important natural resource in the world! There would be no greater shame than to have any of this fabulous place ruined or destroyed for ANY reason! Let me tell you in no uncertain terms, if Brasil allows any of this magnificent place to diminish, then the whole world (all nations) will consider Brasil to be a morally corrupt and ethically vacuous country! Let Brasil be totally green in every way!!! Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.