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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro called out Leonardo DiCaprio’s recent tweet about deforestation in the Amazon rainforest, telling the actor and climate activist, “ditch your yacht before you lecture the world.”
DiCaprio posed the question to his 19.6 million Twitter followers, “How much deforestation is happening in the Amazon, one of the most important places on earth for people and wildlife?
“According to this map from @mapbiomas, the region has been facing an onslaught of illegal deforestation at the hands of the extractive industry over the past 3 years,” DiCaprio wrote, sharing a graphic from the Brazilian data collection company on MapBiomas deforestation showing an increase since January 2019.-2022.
“Are you again, Leo?” Bolsonaro, who has 8.4 million Twitter followers, wrote in response to DiCaprio’s tweet. “That way, you will become my best electoral cable, as they say in Brazil! I could tell you, again, to abandon your yacht before lecturing the world, but I know progressives: you want to change the whole world but never yourself. , then I’ll leave you alone.”
BRAZILIAN AMAZON SEE RECORD DEFORESTATION IN 2022
DiCaprio was named a United Nations Messenger of Peace for Climate Change in 2014 and is also said to have served on the boards of several environmental organizations, including WWF, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the International Fund for the Protection of animals, Pristine Seas and Oceans 5.
Yet the actor and activist was recently photographed partying with famous friends, including Toby McGuire, on a luxury yacht in Saint-Tropez across the French Riviera, according to Page Six.
The Associated Press reported last week on a new study by Brazilian think tank Igarapé Institute that found environmental criminals in the Brazilian Amazon had destroyed public rainforests equal to the size of El Salvador in the past six years, but the federal police – Brazil’s version of the FBI – only carried out seven operations aimed at this massive loss.
It analyzed 302 environmental crime raids carried out by federal police in the Amazon between 2016 and 2021. Only 2% targeted people illegally seizing undesignated public land.
The destruction took place in state and federal forests that are “unallocated,” meaning they have no designated use like national parks and Indigenous territories do.
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According to official data, the Brazilian Amazon rainforest has about 224,000 square miles of forest in this category, an area almost the size of Ukraine.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.