Leonardo DiCaprio refutes the statement of the Brazilian president that he financed fires in Amazon
Leonard DiCaprio has refuted the accusations made by the Brazilian president ' Jair Bolsonaro 'that the Hollywood actor funded nonprofit organizations that are behind the Amazon forest fires.
While we deserve support, we do not fund selected organizations, DiCaprio said in a shared statement on his Instagram account, adding that he would maintain his support for Brazilians working to save the forest.
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At this time of crisis for the Amazon , I support the people of Brazil working to save their natural and cultural heritage. They are an amazing, moving and humbling example of the commitment and passion needed to save the environment. The future of these irreplaceable ecosystems is at stake and I am proud to stand with the groups protecting them. While worthy of support, we did not fund the organizations targeted. I remain committed to supporting the Brazilian indigenous communities, local governments, scientists, educators and general public who are working tirelessly to secure the Amazon for the future of all Brazilians.
"I remain committed to supporting the Brazilian indigenous communities, local governments, scientists, educators, and the general public who are working tirelessly to secure the Amazon for the future of all Brazilians," the statement read.
Without providing any evidence to support his claim, President 'Jair Bolsonaro' had blamed the Hollywood actor for making donations to nongovernmental organizations that he claims that contributed to the forest fires that ravaged the Amazon rainforest at the beginning of this year.
" Leonardo Dicaprio is a great guy, isn't he? Donating money to set the Amazon on fire," he said while addressing his supporters outside the Presidential Palace in Brasilia.
Bolsonaro in the past has been criticised for not taking enough measures to protect the Amazon rainforest. Earlier this year, he had rejected a 20 million dollar aid offered during the G7 summit in France towards the cause.