Elon Musk wants to fight deforestation and connect the Amazon

Billionaire SpaceX will deploy satellite internet over the Amazon rainforest, which will also help expose illegal logging.

American multi-billionaire Elon Musk announced on Friday in Brazil the launch of a program of “environmental monitoringof the Amazon and improving its internet access, just before a meeting with President Jair Bolsonaro. “I am very excited to be in Brazil to launch Starlink for 19,000 unaffiliated schools in rural areas and environmental monitoring of the Amazon.tweeted the richest man in the world, owner of aerospace company SpaceX and automaker Tesla.

In November, the Brazilian government announced negotiations for SpaceX to deploy satellite internet over the Amazon rainforest and help expose illegal deforestation. The meeting between the Brazilian President and the billionaire took place in the morning at a luxury hotel in Porto Feliz, around 100 kilometers from Sao Paulo. “Since we will be connecting the Amazon, we have brought in one of the world’s greatest business leaders (to Brazil) to help us on this mission‘ declared Brazil’s Communications Minister Fabio Faria on Twitter, a message illustrated with two photos of him next to Elon Musk at the hotel in question.

Journalists in attendance were kept away from the establishment surrounded by a vital security device, noted an AFP team, who saw President Bolsonaro quickly step out of the car on arrival to greet the order’s forces before entering the hotel. On Thursday night, he announced he would be having a character meetup.Private“in Sao Paulo”with a very important person who is known all over the world“. This person “comes to offer his help for our Amazon“, the President had stated in his direct weekly newspaper on social networks.

fight against deforestation

The Amazon is a hot topic in Brazil and in that country’s relations with the international community. Deforestation has increased sharply under the Bolsonaro government, which is accused of promoting impunity for gold miners, farmers or timber traders who illegally deforest the rainforest.

For Bolsonaro, this meeting is positive because it is intended to talk about improving surveillance of the Amazon.“Oliver Stuenkel, a professor of international relations at the Getulio Vargas Foundation, told AFP. “But it’s mostly a front speech, the specialists believe that the problem of deforestation is not the lack of surveillance, the Brazilian system is very sophisticated. The problem stems from the lack of intervention from environmental control officials“, he adds.

According to a study by NGO collective Mapbiomas, the Bolsonaro government’s environmental protection agencies intervened after less than 3% of deforestation alerts were detected by the satellites of the current monitoring system.

Takeover of Twitter

Elon Musk became the hero of the Bolsonarian clan when he announced his intention to buy Twitter last month, promising less restrictive moderation in the name of freedom of expression. Jair Bolsonaro is very active on social media and has seen several of his posts taken down for disinformation, including on Twitter.

O Globo pointed out that the meeting should take place in the presence of two ministers, Mr Faria and the Minister of Defense, Paulo Sergio Nogueira, as well as 13 business leaders, including the heads of the country’s main telecom companies.

SpaceX launched a second delivery of around 50 Starlink service satellites in mid-February to provide internet connectivity to customers around the world. Starlink enables residents of areas with poor fixed and mobile phone coverage to access high-speed Internet via thousands of tiny satellites. Elon Musk is at the helm of a fortune valued at $230 billion by Forbes magazine. He recently announced his intention to buy the social network Twitter for $44 billion before suspending this project by making it conditional on receiving data on the proportion of fake accounts.

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