Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro suggested on Friday that people “poop every other day” as a way to save the environment, after he was criticised for a surge in deforestation of the Amazon.
“It’s enough to eat a little less. You talk about environmental pollution. It’s enough to poop every other day. That will be better for the whole world.” the far-right politician and all-round horrible person gave the answer to a journalist who asked if it was possible to simultaneously accelarate economic growth, feed the world’s hungry and also preserve the environment.
Bolsonaro has been criticised for a rapid acceleration in deforestation of the Amazon rainforest, which covers vast areas of Brazil and is considered essential to combatting global warming.
According to Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research (INPE), which tracks cutting of the rainforest, around 2,254 square kilometers of the Amazon were cleared in July, an increase of 278 percent from a year ago.
That followed a 90 percent increase in June compared to the year before. Bolsonaro called these numbers “lies”.