It’s going to be an eight-hour walk through the dense jungle
Brazilian Vice President Hamilton Mourao has challenged actor and active environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio to an eight-hour hike in the Amazon, for he wants to show the Hollywood star that the rainforest is not actually burning.
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Mourao is in charge of President Jair Bolsonaro’s task force that fights deforestation, took issue with the actor when he recently reposted an Instagram video from The Guardian newspaper that showed the world’s biggest rainforest burning.
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During an event on sustainable development in the Amazon that was organised by the National Industrial Confederation (CNI), Mourao said, “I’d like to invite our most recent critic, the actor Leonardo DiCaprio, to come with me to Sao Gabriel da Cachoeira (in northern Brazil) and walk eight hours through the jungle. He will get a better understanding of how things work in this immense region.”
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Hamilton Mourão, tirou Ricardo Salles do ‘Fundo Amazônia’. Foi o que o vice-presidente anunciou, ontem, após reunião com embaixadores da Alemanha e da Noruega, principais doadores. . Os diplomatas se mostraram animados com a decisão, mas ponderaram que o maior empecilho para retomar as doações é a imagem negativa do governo brasileiro na Europa, provocada por sua política ambiental e contra o desenvolvimento sustentável. . Mourão sabe que, para convencer os dois maiores financiadores do Fundo, será precisar provar com ações e números, mas pareceu otimista. Vale lembrar que, em janeiro, ele lançou o Conselho da Amazônia, que preside. . Saiba mais na editoria MEIO AMBIENTE, em nosso site (link na bio). . #FundoAmazônia #HamiltonMourão #RicardoSalles #financiamento #doadores #Alemanha #Noruega #políticaambiental #conexãoplanetainspira #conexãoplaneta_
DiCaprio shared the news on Friday, and the caption stated satellite data from Brazil’s space agency INPE, and showed the number of fires in the Brazilian Amazon in July had increased 28 percent year-on-year and the numbers in August has also increased.
The post said that President Jair Bolsonaro is under international pressure to curb the fires, but he has publicly doubted it’s severity in the past and claimed that it was the work of their opponents and other communities. Bolsonaro had been condemned internationally last year for not doing anything about the deforestation and huge fires in the Amazon. They tried taking the attention away by calling it a lie.
Both Bolsonaro and Mourao had lied about the decrease of deforestation and said that it had gone 36 percent in July 2020 when the data showed that it actually went up 34.5 percent year-on-year.