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In his sixth consecutive year as state representative, he returned to the Legislative Assembly of the State of Río de Janeiro after running for executive office.  From January 2007 to May 2008 he was the secretary of environment under Sérgio Cabral, and from May 2008 to March 2010 he took on the position of Minister of Environment under Lula.

Defendant of social liberty, Minc has dedicated his political performance toward the achievement of a higher quality of life for the people, fighting not only for the environment, but for the achievement of citizenship rights, for the self organization of the society for the defense of women, homosexuals and blacks, among other things.

With 142 laws passed to date, his parliamentary actions span topics from the defense of the environment to public security to worker´s health, political ethics and the call for a budget and the use of a budget by the State of Río de Janeiro. He participated in the resistance against the military dictatorship as a student leader, and was imprisoned in 1969 at age 18 and later exiled.  In 1979, with amnesty, he returned to Brazil and began to stand out in the fight for the environment.

Founder of the Green Party with Fernando Gabiera, Alfredo Sirkis and other colleagues, Minc was elected state representative for the first time in 1986 as part of a coalition with the Worker´s Party. Affiliated with the worker´s party during his term of office, he was reelected as state representative in 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002 and 2006. In 1989 he received the Global 500 Roll of Honor for Environmental Achievement, awarded annually by the UN to those who stand out internationally in the fight for the defense of the environment. Currently he is the graduate assistant professor of the Geography Department in the Federal University of Río de Janeiro, with a master´s in Urban and Regional Planning from the Technical University of Lisboa (1978) and a doctorate in Development Economics from the University of Paris I Sorbonne (1984).