Leonardo has denied all accusations made by President Bolsonaro who told his supporters, "DiCaprio is a cool guy, isn't he? Giving money to set the Amazon on fire."
Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio has hit back at claims by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro that he has helped fund groups who are allegedly involved in the Amazon rainforest fires, reported Metro.
DiCaprio's environmental organization had pledged $5 million to help protect the Amazon after the devastating fires destroyed large parts of the rainforest in July and August. He said, "The future of these irreplaceable ecosystems is at stake, and I am proud to stand with the groups protecting them."
ok so brazil’s !!!president!!!! accused LEONARDO DI CAPRIO of— marina (@EUPHORlADAYA) November 29, 2019
BURNIN THE AMAZON RAINFOREST pic.twitter.com/60r30uduRU
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro earlier this week blamed the actor for making donations to nonprofit organizations, that, according to the President played an important role in the Amazon fires.
Bolsonaro told his supporters on Friday, "DiCaprio is a cool guy, isn't he? Giving money to set the Amazon on fire." During his weekly broadcast, Bolsonaro accused DiCaprio of 'collaborating with the fires in the Amazon' when he wanted to donate $500,000 to a group he said had started fires in the ecologically rich forest so that they can attract donations.
News from Brazil. President Bolsonaro said that Leonardo di Caprio is to blame for the Amazon fires. He claims Leo gave money to a NGO to do it. (I am not joking)— Helô Righetto (@HeloRighetto) November 29, 2019
Even though Bolsonaro has cited no evidence, he said that Di Caprio had earmarked a part of the $500,000 'for the people who were setting fires.' Repeating his accusations of Friday, the Brazilian President told his supporters that even though DiCaprio's act seems very philanthropic, his actual intent is evil.
The actor, who is also known as a long-time environmental activist, denied all accusations saying that 'the future of these irreplaceable ecosystems is at stake, and I am proud to stand with the groups protecting them.'
The surprising level of surrealism in Brazil now: Eduardo Bolsonaro is accusing Leonardo Di Caprio of financially supporting people who "supposedly" burned down the Amazon pic.twitter.com/x8ocyHD7RA— Nathália Urban (@UrbanNathalia) November 28, 2019
The actor also praised those who work 'to save their natural and cultural heritage.' DiCaprio has also attributed the problems previously to Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro who he says allowed farmers and loggers to clean the land after he joined the Presidential office in January.
Since 2018, the Alter do Chao volunteer fire brigade has helped firefighters to fight the dangerous blazes in the rainforest including a recent fire in the Alter do Chao region that destroyed an equivalent of 1,600 soccer fields.
The investigation showed that the suspects set fire to the forest and took pictures that were sold to WWF￼ for $20,000.These photos sensitized personalities like Leonardo Di Caprio that donated $ 500,000 to Amazon fire fighting￼— SLE Farms 🇧🇷 (@StaLuziaEsteio) November 27, 2019
PS: the criminals image can be seen in the video
When this issue came forward, the regional police claimed that some members that are linked to the non-profit group have actually started the fire in order to capture international funding.
Four of the group's members were arrested on Tuesday before being released two days later. According to investigators, the volunteers set several fires in order to sell photos of the blazes to the World Wide Fund for Nature for a nature campaign that will be used to raise international donations, that includes DiCaprio.
Leonardo Di Caprio said: "Pay close attention to people who don’t clap when you win.”— Jill Safran (@WittyMystic) November 30, 2019
Does anyone know if there is a connection between his statement and this GIF where he's clapping and being supportive?
Was this intentional or coincidental? #SaturdayThoughts pic.twitter.com/s5n8LGTxJo
WWF's Brazil subsidiary has denied the allegations and revealed that they have transferred only $16,800 to a local group to buy firefighting equipment. Even though Bolsonaro has blamed the local group for the Amazon fires, officials with the Alter do Chao brigade have called Bolsonaro's allegations unfounded.
Apart from that, Amnesty International and Greenpeace have accused the government of lack of enforcement on the rainforest and of encouraging illegal deforestation.