The Hollywood star had posted a message on Twitter on Thursday saying that “Brazil is home to the Amazon and other ecosystems critical to climate change.
“What happens out there affects us all and the vote of young people is essential to driving change for a healthy planet,” he said, adding a link with more information on how to register. to vote in the next poll.
JAIR BOLSONARO RESPONDS TO LEONARDO DICAPRIO
Bolsonaro, who has been widely criticized by environmental groups, responded wryly on Friday.
“Thank you for your support, Leo! It’s really important that all Brazilians vote in the upcoming elections,” Bolsonaro tweeted in English.
“Our people will decide whether they want to retain our sovereignty over the Amazon or be ruled by crooks who serve foreign vested interests.”
LEONARDO DICAPRIO HAS CRITICIZED JAIR BOLSONARO IN THE PAST
DiCaprio has openly criticized Bolsonaro since taking office in 2019, including for his handling of the fires in the Amazon rainforest.
The actor also joined the initiatives launched by various NGOs calling for any investment in Brazil to be based on firm government commitments to preserve the Amazon.
Bolsonaro has rejected those demands, which he says undermine Brazilian sovereignty.
DEFORESTATION IN BRAZIL HAS INCREASED SINCE JAIR BOLSONARO TAKES CHARGE
Since Bolsonaro took office, average annual deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon has increased by more than 75% compared to the previous decade, according to official figures.
His government is also accused of allowing rampant deforestation – including illegal burning by miners, farmers and timber traffickers – while environmental regulatory agencies have suffered budget cuts.
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