Hollywood’s favourite Leonardo DiCaprio has been accused by the president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro for financing the fire that was set to the Amazon rainforest. Bolsonaro has not presented any evidence for the same but has claimed that the fire has ignited international concern.
On social media by Bolsonaro stated that the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) had paid volunteer firefighter for the images taken by them comprising of a $500,000 aid given from DiCaprio. He also passe a remark in front of the presidential residence which went like, “This Leonardo DiCaprio is a cool guy, right? Giving money to torch the Amazon”. He further stated sentences like, “So what did the NGO do? What is the easiest thing? Set fire to the forest. Take pictures, make a video. WWF makes a campaign against Brazil, it contacts Leonardo DiCaprio, he donates $500,000.” , “A part of that went to the people that were setting fires. Leonardo DiCaprio, you are contributing to the fire in the Amazon, that won’t do.”
Allegations were deny by WWF
However, these allegations were deny by WWF stating that they did not receive any donation from DiCaprio nor did they receive any photos. DiCaprio has a foundation namely, Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, whose aim is to focus of project that protect vulnerable wildlife from extinction.
Four individuals from the nongovernmental association Alter do Chão Fire Brigade were captured on Tuesday with police blaming them for intentionally setting fires so as to document them and scrounge up more donations. The Judge ordered their release on Thursday. This was mainly because other NGOs and politicians were retaliating the arrest as they felt that it was a way of the Brazilian government to worry environmental groups.
On August 21st during a live post on Facebook he mentioned that, “Everything indicates that NGOs were going to the Amazon to set fire to the forest”. While been questioned about the proof he said “no written plan,” adding “that’s not how it’s done.”
After one day he conceded that ranchers could be illicitly setting the rain forest on fire, however around a month later he assaulted the “lying media” for saying that the rain forest was being crushed by the flames.
The Amazon rainforest is viewed as a worldwide environmental change eye opener.