Latin America

Latin American leaders call out developed countries at UN General Assembly

From far-right Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil to left-leaning presidents in Colombia and Honduras, Latin Americans pointed the finger at the Global North for the climate crisis

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Gustavo Petro spoke about how he wants to use education to reduce inequality. Photo: Twitter/@petrogustavo

Latin American leaders took aim at power centers’ role in climate change during their interventions at the 77th United Nations General Assembly in New York.

The leading voice on the matter was Colombia’s recently-elected President Gustavo Petro, who centered his whole speech around two issues: the war on drugs and the environment. Mr. Petro argued that the drugs war was “burning down” the Colombian jungle through the use of pesticides, damaging the “main source of carbon dioxide absorption.”

“What’s more dangerous for humanity, cocaine or coal and oil?,” Mr. Petro queried.

“The powers-that-be have decreed that cocaine is the poison...

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