Marina Silva, the Environment Minister in Brazil, has stepped down according to the BBC News. She was a staunch defender of the Amazon rainforests and, according to the BBC, "Correspondents say Ms Silva’s resignation will reinforce a perception
that President Lula is more concerned with economic development than
Brazil’s environmental efforts at both the state and local level are the subject of Kathryn Hochstetler and Margaret E. Keck’s 2007 book Greening Brazil: Environmental Activism in State and Society. The book challenges the claim that environmentalism came to Brazil from abroad, and retells the story of environmentalism in Brazil from the inside out, analyzing the extensive efforts within the country to save its natural environment, and the interplay of those efforts with transnational environmentalism.