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Brazil President Claims Leonardo DiCaprio Paid NGOs To Set The Amazon Forests On Fire

Brazil President Claims Leonardo DiCaprio Paid NGOs To Set The Amazon Forests On Fire

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."



 

 

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. 



 

 

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 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.



 

 

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. 



 

 

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. 

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