Mr. Guimarães made his thoughts known at the international conference that was held in Paris, France at the end of 2015. Guimarães said developed countries like the United States and the UK have been emitting large amounts of CO2 in the atmosphere for years. Ever since the industrial revolution began, U.S. companies have freely sent tons of CO2 into the atmosphere and thought little about it until recently. The fact is, time is running out, according to Guimarães. If the earth warms by another 2 degrees the devastation that will occur around the world will be epic.
Ricardo Guimarães is a well-known banker and entrepreneur in Brazil. His family has been in the mining, cattle, and coffee business for years. Ricardo’s grandfather started the Land Credit Bank in the state of Minas Gerais in 1930. Ricardo was named president of the BMG Bank in 1998. BMG Bank is the former Land Credit Bank. Ricardo has built the bank into a national lending institution by sponsoring soccer clubs.
Brazil is one of the countries that has been guilty of emitting too much CO2 into the atmosphere, and Guimarães is on a mission to cut those emissions. Guimarães is very active in the political, social and sports scene in his country, so what he says has credibility with the people of Brazil. Even though he comes from a mining background, he is pushing the government to use renewable energy sources like solar energy, wind power, and biofuels. Ricardo believes Brazil should be completely “green” nation in 10 years, and he is doing everything in his power to make that happen.
It will take years for other nations around the world to become totally green, and some countries never will unless there are consequences. The mission at the conference in Paris was to make countries realize they have a duty and the responsibility to control the amount of carbon dioxide that is released into the atmosphere. No country, regardless of size or power, has the right to emit high levels of CO2 into the atmosphere, and countries that do should be fined by the United Nations, according to Guimarães and other leaders around the world.