Environmentalist and actor Leonardo DiCaprio is bringing attention to Brazil’s Amazon forests and the extreme wildfires raging there.
The National Institute for Space Research reported that there is a 77% increase in wildfires from last year. The fires are started deliberately in an attempt to clear land for cattle ranching. However, this year the fires are out of control. According to latest statistics, they are burning down 3 football fields per minute.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is facing increasing pressure from the international community to act against the fires. The Amazon forest is home to 3 million species of animals and insects and 1 million human beings. It is also the source of a large part of the world’s oxygen supply. Due to this, deforestation has become a huge concern in the “lungs of the Earth”.
Actor Leonardo DiCaprio has always been vocal on social media about the environment. He wrote on Instagram on Thursday, “Scientists and conservationists attribute the accelerating deforestation to President Jair Bolsonaro, who issued an open invitation to loggers and farmers to clear the land after taking office in January. The largest rainforest in the world is a critical piece of the global climate solution. Without the Amazon, we cannot keep the Earth’s warming in check.”
He also recommended that all those reading donate to “frontline Amazon groups working to defend the forest.” He also recommended that people become supporters of forestry initiatives and be mindful consumers. Additionally, he took a jab at Brazilian President Bolsonaro and US President Trump, recommending people to vote carefully and for people who understand the importance of climate change.
Other celebrities like Ariana Grande, Cara Delvingne and Madonna also spoke up about the Amazon rainforest wildfires.
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