Madonna, Leonardo DiCaprio among celebs calling for action as Amazon rainforest burns
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Madonna, Miguel, Leonardo DiCaprio and more are among a growing number of celebrities to speak out about the crisis in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest as fires continue to spread. 

In an Instagram post on Thursday, Madonna specifically called out the country’s right-wing president, Jair Bolsonaro, for his administration’s role in rescinding environmental protections for the region since he took office this year.

“The Fires Are Raging and The Amazonia continues to burn.........This is a devastation to Brazil—to the indigenous people who live there and the-plant and animal species that make this the most important bio-diverse Forest!!!” the singer wrote.

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“President Bolsonaro please change your policies and help not only your country but the entire planet. No economic development is more important than protecting this land,” she continued. “We need to WAKE -UP!! The future of the rainforest affects the future of the world!”

Miguel called the situation in the world’s largest rainforest, which is burning at a record pace, a “world emergency” and added that the growing blaze affects "all of our security.”

“Don’t pray for the Amazon. Pray for yourself,” he wrote in an Instagram post on Thursday. “And your children. And your children’s children. The amazon provides 20% of our oxygen every year and it’s burning at a record rate right now and for the past 18/19 days.”

“This is a WORLD Emergency and effects all of our security. Still, the media has not made this a priority. You can’t afford to ignore this. Please share this information and tag,” he continued to his followers.

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In another post on Instagram, DiCaprio wrote the “lungs of the Earth are in flames,” adding: “The Brazilian Amazon—home to 1 million Indigenous people and 3 million species—has been burning for more than two weeks straight." 

“There have been 74,000 fires in the Brazilian Amazon since the beginning of this year—a staggering 84% increase over the same period last year (National Institute for Space Research, Brazil),” he continued. “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 actor went on to tell his followers how they can contribute to efforts working to stop the fires.

“So what can YOU do?” he wrote. “As an emergency response, donate to frontline Amazon groups working to defend the forest.”

“Consider becoming a regular supporter of the Rainforest Alliance’s community forestry initiatives across the world’s most vulnerable tropical forests, including the Amazon; this approach is by far the most effective defense against deforestation and natural forest fires, but it requires deep, long-term collaboration between the communities and the public and private sectors,” he continued.

He also told his 34 million followers to stay on top of updates from the developing story and added that, “when election time comes, VOTE for leaders who understand the urgency of our climate crisis and are willing to take bold action—including strong governance and forward-thinking policy.”

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#Regram #RG @rainforestalliance: The lungs of the Earth are in flames. The Brazilian Amazon—home to 1 million Indigenous people and 3 million species—has been burning for more than two weeks straight. There have been 74,000 fires in the Brazilian Amazon since the beginning of this year—a staggering 84% increase over the same period last year (National Institute for Space Research, Brazil). 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. ⁣ ⁣ The Amazon needs more than our prayers. So what can YOU do?⁣ ⁣ ✔ As an emergency response, donate to frontline Amazon groups working to defend the forest. ⁣ ✔ Consider becoming a regular supporter of the Rainforest Alliance’s community forestry initiatives across the world’s most vulnerable tropical forests, including the Amazon; this approach is by far the most effective defense against deforestation and natural forest fires, but it requires deep, long-term collaboration between the communities and the public and private sectors. ✔ Stay on top of this story and keep sharing posts, tagging news agencies and influencers. ⁣ ✔ Be a conscious consumer, taking care to support companies committed to responsible supply chains.⁣ Eliminate or reduce consumption of beef; cattle ranching is one of the primary drivers of Amazon deforestation. ✔ When election time comes, VOTE for leaders who understand the urgency of our climate crisis and are willing to take bold action—including strong governance and forward-thinking policy.⁣ ⁣ #RainforestAlliance #SaveTheAmazon #PrayForAmazonia #AmazonRainforest #ActOnClimate #ForestsResist #ClimateCrisis : @mohsinkazmitakespictures / Windy.com

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A number of other celebrates also chimed in on social media about the unfolding situation:

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The lungs of our planet are currently on fire. The Amazon Rain forest produces 20% of our entire planets oxygen and it’s currently burning at a rate of 1.5 soccer fields a minute. Without vegetation to protect the land, scientist predict the rainforest will turn into a desert the likes of the Sahara. Think there is nothing you can do to help? Think again! Help buy land in the rain forest so that we can protect it even when the Brazilain government will not. These lands are being set on fire deliberately in order to clear lands for animal agriculture. Reducing your meat consumption is one action you can take on a personal level to lessen the need for more open lands. Visit @rainforesttrust to learn more. You can also reduce your paper/wood consumption or ensure you buy rainforest safe products. Donate money to @amazonwatch for the fight against climate change or adopt a jungle animal through @wwf or @world_wildlife #amazon #amazonfire #amazonfires #rainforest #amazonrainforestfire #climatechange #brazil

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According to CNN, though coverage of the blaze in the world’s largest rainforest on social media is helping spread awareness, some celebrities have also been spreading misinformation about the situation. 

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One image that Jaden Smith reportedly shared on Instagram about the fire shows a blaze that took place in the forest over two decades ago.

That image, which has racked up over 1.5 million likes on Smith’s post since it was shared several days ago, was also tweeted out by Logan Paul.