Science and democracy must orientate Brazil's path to sustainability

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Perspectives in Ecology and Conservation, ISSN: 2530-0644, Vol: 16, Issue: 3, Page: 121-124

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Ricardo Dobrovolski; Rafael Loyola; Ludmila Rattis; Sidney Feitosa Gouveia; Domingos Cardoso; Rejane Santos-Silva; Daniel Gonçalves-Souza; Luis Mauricio Bini; José Alexandre Felizola Diniz-Filho
Elsevier BV
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In the search for solutions to social and environmental challenges, all world nations have contributions to give. Brazil is no exception. On the contrary, as a megadiverse country and emerging economic power, it has a central role in this process. Between 1995 and 2014 the country made important improvements in terms of human development, including higher education and environmental protection. However, the current economic and political crisis threatens such advances. By reducing science funding and sidelining scientific advice in strategic environmental decisions, Brazil has veered off its path to sustainability, and several positive trends have already been reversed. If Brazil is to contribute to solving the challenges of improving human well-being and conserving biodiversity, it must renew its commitment to science, education and democracy.