Painel Farol Verde receives information about the commitments from those seeking to become a deputy or a senator; voters can learn about their proposals
Since August 16, the candidates for positions in the federal legislature (Senate and Federal Chamber), independent of their party, can register for the Painel Farol Verde [Green Light Panel], which is an initiative by the Institute for Democracy and Sustainability (IDS) in partnership with the Socioenvironmental Work Group of the Collaborative Advocacy Network (RAC) and dozens of the most important civil society organizations and networks.
The tool is intended to strengthen democracy by offering to the national electorate systematized and updated information and data about the adherence and potential commitment of candidates in relation to the agendas of climate change, environmental sustainability and socioenvironmental rights in this year’s elections.
The past also matters for those who are seeking re-election. The Environmental Convergence Index, for example, maps the main votes on important environmental and climate issues in the legislature between 2019 and 2022, comparing the vote of each parliamentarian with those presented by the leaders of the Environmentalist Parliamentary Fronts, the Sustainable Development Goals and Indigenous Rights.
To join the Painel Farol Verde, the candidates must also respond, through its website FarolVerde.org.br/enquete/, to a survey of 12 questions, which involves the following:
- zero deforestation in the Brazilian biomes;
- green tax reform;
- soy moratorium in the Pantanal;
- liberation of hunting wild animals;
- constitutional protection of water and climate as fundamental rights;
- support to the restoration fund of the Atlantic Forest;
- landholding regularization in the Amazon;
- liberation of pesticides;
- discouragement of the consumption of products that are harmful to health and the environment;
- encouragement for the public use of conservation units and the resumption of the demarcation of the indigenous lands throughout the country.