Marina Silva

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Person.png Marina Silva   WebsiteRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(politician, environmentalist)
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BornMaria Osmarina da Silva
8 February 1958
Alma materFederal University of Acre
SpouseFábio Vaz de Lima
Member ofWEF/Global Leaders for Tomorrow/1997
PartyWorkers' Party (Brazil)
WEF/Global Leaders for Tomorrow/1997. Brazil's Minister of the Environment and Climate Change in 2022.

Maria Osmarina Marina da Silva Vaz de Lima[1] is a Brazilian politician and environmentalist who was appointed Brazil's Minister of the Environment and Climate Change in January 2023, after previously had the same job from 2003 to 2008.

She was selected a Global Leader for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum in 1997.


She was a presidential candidate in the 2018 Brazilian elections. She is a member of the Sustainability Party (REDE). She is known both for her pro-environmental views and her conservative social views.[2][3] In the 2022 election, she was elected to the Chamber of Deputies. In 2023, she became the Minister of the Environment. She held this role from 2003 to 2008.

Political career

Silva was a member of the Worker's Party (PT) for 30 years until 2009. She was a Senator before becoming Minister of the Environment in 2003. She left the party in 2009 after da Silva picked then Chief of Staff Dilma Rousseff to be his successor. The two once-powerful government ministers were known to have multiple rifts over the environment.[4]

She ran for president in the 2010 Brazilian elections as the candidate for the Green Party (PV).[5]

In April 2014, Eduardo Campos announced his candidacy for the fall 2014 Presidential Election, naming Marina Silva as his Vice Presidential candidate.[6] After Campos's death in a plane crash on August, she was selected to run as the Socialist Party's candidate for the Presidency.[7]

Silva later backed the impeachment of Rousseff in 2016, which increased the animosity between her and the Workers’ Party.[4]

On 4 August 2018, Marina Silva was officially nominated as the Sustainability Network's presidential candidate in the 2018 elections. Silva's running mate was Eduardo Jorge of the Green Party.[8] She opposes Brazil's nuclear energy program, and wants to redistribute the nuclear energy funds in order to allocate more money towards solar and wind power.[9]


She has received a remarkably large amount of international attention and awards, such as the "Champions of the Earth" from the United Nations, for her fight to protect the Amazon Rainforest.[10]

In 1996 Marina Silva received the Goldman Environment Prize for Latin America and the Caribbean in the United States. For the creation of the Program of Protected Areas of the Amazon, Marina was given The Duke of Edinburgh's Award from the WWF in 2008. A year later, she received in Oslo, Norway, the Sophie Award, from the Sophie Foundation. Silva was recognized by the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and received the Prize on Climate Change.[11][12]

In 2013 she was elected by Época magazine to one of the 100 most influential personalities in Brazil[13] and was selected in a list of 10 Brazilians who made news in the world that year, prepared by BBC Brasil.[14] She was hailed by The New York Times as an "icon of the environmental movement".[15]

In March 2011, Marina's Twitter profile won the Shorty Awards, considered by the American The New York Times as the "Oscar of twitters".[16]

In 2008, she received the Eco & Peace Global Award, delivered during the ECO 2008 — World Conference on the Environment and Culture of Peace, held in Brasilia.[17]

In 2012 she was one of eight people chosen to carry the flag for the opening ceremonies of the London Olympic Games.[18]


Event Participated in

WEF/Annual Meeting/202316 January 202320 January 2023Switzerland
World Economic Forum
The theme of the meeting is "Cooperation in a Fragmented World"


  1. Profile at Federal Senate website
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  6. Campos-Silva ticket confirmed in Brazil 2014 election
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