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Brazil invites actor Leonardo DiCaprio to visit the reality of the Amazon

Thursday, August 20th 2020 - 08:44 UTC
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Vice president Hamilton Mourao invited DiCaprio, an environmental campaigner, to go with him personally on a journey along the remote far western Amazon Vice president Hamilton Mourao invited DiCaprio, an environmental campaigner, to go with him personally on a journey along the remote far western Amazon
Last year, as surging fires in the Amazon provoked global outcry, president Bolsonaro accused DiCaprio of funding fires in the Amazon Last year, as surging fires in the Amazon provoked global outcry, president Bolsonaro accused DiCaprio of funding fires in the Amazon

Brazilian Vice President Hamilton Mourao on Wednesday called on actor Leonardo DiCaprio to visit the Amazon to see the reality of the situation there, as the government faces criticisms for rising destruction in the world's largest rainforest.

Mourao invited DiCaprio, an environmental campaigner, to go with him personally on a journey along a notoriously ill-maintained road in the remote far western Amazon near the town of Sao Gabriel da Cachoeira.

“I would like to invite our most recent critic, Leonardo DiCaprio, to go with me to Sao Gabriel da Cachoeira to do an eight-hour ride through the jungle between the Sao Gabriel airport and the Cucui highway,” Mourao said

“He will learn with each big pothole that he has to pass that the Amazon is not a flat land and understand better how things work in this vast region.”

Representatives for DiCaprio did not immediately respond to request for comment.

Last year, as surging fires in the Amazon provoked global outcry, Brazilian right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro accused DiCaprio of funding fires in the Amazon, without presenting any evidence. DiCaprio denied the allegation.

This year, the number of fires rose in June and July compared to a year ago, but in the first 15 days of August, fires were down 17 per cent compared to a year ago, according to government data.

Deforestation is up 34.5% in the 12 months through July, compared to the same period a year ago, preliminary government data shows.

DiCaprio has a foundation dedicated to the environment and has called for Amazon preservation. Scientists say the Amazon is vital to curbing climate change, because of the vast amount of greenhouse gas that the forest absorbs.

In July, DiCaprio on Twitter praised the Brazilian government's 120-day ban on fires in the Amazon, an attempt to rein in the destruction.

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  • Chicureo

    The truth is that the mismanagement of the glorious Amazon basin was far worse by previous administrations — especially by Lula and Dilma.

    The problem is the media hyenas are rabidly against Bolsonaro — yet he's being transparent and just.

    The reason why Bolsonaro was democratically selected to lead Brazil: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-35810578

    Aug 21st, 2020 - 02:39 am 0
  • Chicureo

    Dearest Terence Fuckwitt,

    “Heaven truly knows that thou art false as hell.”

    It must burn a bigger hole in your expansive asshole tha Bolsonaro clearly won a democratic election defeating your Marxist heroes and he's succeeding.

    From the attached article: He says he will defend “family values” and that “homosexual propaganda” threatens the innocence of children in school. He is a staunch opponent of the decriminalization of abortion and drugs.

    https://foreignpolicy.com/2018/10/26/its-not-just-the-right-thats-voting-for-bolsonaro-its-everyone-far-right-brazil-corruption-center-left-anger-pt-black-gay-racism-homophobia/

    So does the abortion bother you, or is it the homophobia that puts you into a rage?

    — Tut tut, Terence Hill likes to shove Long Dong Silver up his slimy butt! —

    Another gorgeous day here in my valley!

    ¡Saludos de Panquehue!

    Aug 21st, 2020 - 03:07 pm 0
  • Chicureo

    The ONLY reasons why Terry Fuckwitt is upset with Bolsonaro is that Terry supports Marxist LBGT Communists and desires a sexual relationship with his idol — Lula...

    — Tut Tut, Terry enjoys Long Dong Silver up his slimy butt —

    Aug 21st, 2020 - 04:33 pm 0
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