Carlos Minc

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Carlos Minc
Carlos Minc (19-05-2008).jpg
Carlos Minc after a meeting with Marina Silva, ex-Minister of Environment.
Born Carlos Minc Baumfeld
(1951-07-12) July 12, 1951 (age 65)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Residence Rio de Janeiro
Education Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro
Universidade Técnica de Lisboa
Paris University
Occupation Geographer
Brazilian Minister of Environment
Political party Workers' Party - PT

Carlos Minc Baumfeld (born July 12, 1951) is a Brazilian geographer, professor, environmentalist, politician and Minister of Environment in Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva's second term as president of Brazil.

Personal life[edit]

Minc was born on July 12, 1951. He studied at Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro. He was a student leader and participated in resistance against the military dictatorship. He was arrested in 1969 and exiled. In 1979, with the help from Amnesty, he returned to Brazil.[1]

In 1978, Minc completed his master's degree from the Technical University of Lisbon. He completed his doctorate from the University of Paris in 1984.

Minc is married and has two children.[1]

Political career[edit]

Minc was one of the founding members of the Green Party, together with Fernando Gabeira, Alfredo Sirkis, and others.[1]

Minc was elected Member state for the first time in 1986, in coalition with Workers' Party. He was re-elected in 1994, 1998, and 2002.[1]

On November 22, 2006, Sérgio Cabral Filho, governor of the state of Rio de Janeiro, appointed Minc for the post of Secretary of Environment.[1]

On May 13, 2008, Marina Silva resigned from the post of Minister of Environment. Minc became the new Minister of Environment on May 14, 2008.[1][2]

On March 31, 2010 resigned from Ministry to run as State Congressman (Deputado Estadual) in Rio de Janeiro by Workers' Party and was elected with 87.210 votes.

In January 2011, was invited again to be Secretary of Environment in the Rio de Janeiro State Government where he is until now.


In 1989, Minc received the Global Award 500, granted by the United Nations to those who stand out in the defence of the environment in the world.[1]


Minc is also a writer. He is the author of the following books:

  • Como Fazer Movimento Ecológico (Vozes, 1985)
  • A Reconquista da Terra (Zahar, 1986)
  • Ecologia e Política no Brasil (Espaço e Tempo/Iuperj, 1987), co-authored with Fernando Gabeira and others
  • Despoluindo a Política (Relume Dumará, 1994)


  • Rio de Janeiro, I know very well, but Brazil, I know very badly.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Planalto confirma Carlos Minc como novo ministro do Meio Ambiente" (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2008-05-25. 
  2. ^ "Amazon 'needs economic chances'". BBC News. May 15, 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-25. 
  3. ^ Veja Magazine # 2061 dated May 26, 2008

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